Florida officials are preparing options for what to do with Donald Trump if he is charged by New York prosecutors while in the Sunshine State.
The Manhattan prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the former president is reaching its final stages, and an obscure extradition clause in Florida law could benefit Trump if he is charged.
In the Florida statute on interstate extradition, the governor of the state has the power to intervene on whether an accused person should be “ surrendered ” to law enforcement officers of another state, Politics disclosed.
That means if Trump is indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance – who is investigating the former president’s business practices – it would be in the hands of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close friend and ally of Trump, to decide whether or not Trump should. are handed over. over to the New York authorities.
Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, where Trump lives at his Mar-a-Lago club, are preparing for a possible charge from New York.
And discussing how to deal with the thorny rendition issue that could ensue, two sources close to the issue told the news outlet.
“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and may not comply with the extradition notice,” Joe Abruzzo, Clerk of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court, told Politico.
He is the official who would be in charge of opening a potential fugitive case.
Abruzzo is also a good friend of Frank, President Joe Biden’s brother, who works for a Florida law firm. Abruzzo said that, despite his friendship with the Biden family, “the full scope of the law will be adhered to and properly enforced, without bias.”
Photos taken by DailyMail.com show Donald Trump boarded a private jet last week and believed to be on his way to New Jersey where he will spend the summer season at his Bedminister golf club
Florida officials are debating what to do with Donald Trump if he is indicted by New York prosecutors while in their state because an obscure state law gives Republican administration Ron DeSantis – seen with Trump at a campaign rally in 2018 – the power to to decide on extradition
It’s unclear whether Vance will press charges. Prosecutors in New York obtained the former president’s tax records in March, after a protracted legal battle that ended when the Supreme Court ruled Trump should hand them over.
However, Trump has moved to his Bedminister, NJ, club as Mar-a-Lago is closed due to the hot summer season. By moving, he lost the protection he had in Florida.
While New Jersey has a similar rendition statue – giving the governor the power to decide – that state’s top executive is Democrat Phi Murphy, who is not a fan of Trump and is unlikely to help him.
If there is an indictment, Trump’s lawyers could also negotiate a surrender condition, without involving local law enforcement or the governors of both states.
A lawyer for the former president did not comment Politics. But Trump has repeatedly maintained his innocence and declared himself the victim of a “ witch hunt. ”
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance investigates the former president’s business practices and suspects he may be completing his investigation
This week, President Donald Trump spent two days in Manhattan’s Trump Tower before being pictured Tuesday, along with his heavy security detail
Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are close allies and friends – above DeSantis (in the black shirt) playing golf with Trump at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach
The matter took on a renewed sense of urgency when Vance said last month that he will retire at the end of 2021 and there is speculation that his office will continue to press charges for that.
Vance’s investigation into the Trump organization was also intensified last month, when prosecutors interviewed several employees of Trump’s lender, Deutsche Bank, and his insurance brokerage, Aon.
New subpoenas were issued and some witnesses were interviewed before a grand jury.
Vance also hired financial accounting experts and those with extensive experience in white collar crime for the Trump investigation.
And in March, the Manhattan DA office received thousands of documents from Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA, including tax returns from January 2011 to August 2019, as well as financial statements, engagement letters, and financial disclosures.
Any criminal charge brought by the state is beyond the scope of federal pardon.
Trump is also being investigated in two other cases: by Justice Department officials for his role in the January 6 MAGA riot on Capitol Hill and in Georgia, where prosecutors are investigating Trump’s attempts to push the state’s 2020 election results. to manipulate.