Palm Beach County, FL – Authorities in Florida are planning ahead to deal with the logistics of an indictment against former President Donald Trump that is expected in the near future from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Two high-ranking county officials told Politico that county law enforcement officials have held several planning sessions already.
Topics of discussion included how authorities would respond to and handle the expected request for President Trump’s extradition to New York City.
There’s a state statute that allows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to intervene on behalf of the former President, Politico reported.
And DeSantis and President Trump are political allies.
Florida law even allows the governor to investigate whether the “person ought to be surrendered” after indictment to law enforcement officials from another state.
That means that President Trump could lose political protection if he is staying in his club in Bedminster, New Jersey instead of Mar-a-Lago when an indictment is handed down, Politico reported.
“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” Joe Abruzzo, clerk of the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, said.
Abruzzo is the official who would be tasked with opening a potential fugitive-at-large case, according to Politico.
But the clerk has some conflicts of interest.
Abruzzo is a former close friend of President Joe Biden’s brother, Frank Biden.
He told Politico “the full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias,” without regard for his longtime friendship with the Biden family.
New Jersey has the same sort of law that would allow New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to intervene and stop President Trump’s extradition, Politico reported.
But Murphy is a Democrat and any assistance would be very unlikely.
There is speculation that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will indict President Trump before he retires at the end of 2021, according to Politico.
His investigation has centered on whether the Trump Organization broke the law when it paid hush-money to porn-star Stormy Daniels, Business Insider reported.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Vance’s office could have the former President’s tax returns, and legal experts predicted that prosecutors would be wrapping up their investigation and securing indictments quickly.
“They mean business now,” a source told The New Yorker.
The source said the investigation had stagnated while President Trump was in office but now prosecutors’ questions had become “very pointed — they’re sharpshooting now, laser-beaming.”
Meanwhile in Georgia, prosecutors are investigating allegations that President Trump tried to manipulate elections results in that state, Business Insider reported.
“The people of Georgia are angry — the people in the country are angry,” President Trump allegedly told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” the President allegedly said.
Two grand juries were underway in March in Fulton County as the district attorney’s public-integrity unit investigated whether President Trump illegally tried to influence the election, the Daily Beast reported.