The attorney for former president Donald Trump has made a compelling case for delaying the former president’s arraignment until next week.
Joe Tacopina dismissed rumors of an impending grand jury indictment or arrest, despite Trump’s unfounded claims that he will be detained on Tuesday in connection with the Stormy Daniels hush payment investigation. Tacopina has given numerous media interviews and statements in response to Trump’s unfounded claims.
A decision on an indictment won’t be made by the New York City grand jury until at least Wednesday, according to a later source. This is because they still need to hear from another witness.
Any arrest or action to ensure that Trump voluntarily surrenders himself to law enforcement would not take place before next week, according to a source close to the Trump legal team, should an indictment be announced.
Tacopina claimed that although “we haven’t been told” of any prospective indictment, the former president’s anticipated historic arraignment for next week ” looks like the way it will be.”
If the investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg reveals that Trump violated campaign finance laws, he might end up being the first US president ever to be charged with a crime.
Investigators are examining whether the $130,000 that Trump had his former lawyer Michael Cohen pay Daniels to conceal their alleged relationship before the 2016 election constituted a breach of the law governing political campaigns.
Authorities are also looking if any documents were tampered with at the time Cohen was paid back for the cash, which was recorded by the Trump Organization as legal costs.
Nonetheless, barricades were erected outside the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday morning as a precaution after the former president called for demonstrations should an indictment be made public. Neither the Manhattan DA’s office nor Trump’s team hinted that Trump may be arrested on Tuesday.