Meetings between city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have been taking place in New York City all week to discuss how to get ready for a potential indictment of former president Donald Trump as early as next week, according to various sources.
Meetings have been held between senior staff members from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the New York State Court Officers – who provide security at the state Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan – and the New York Police Department, law enforcement officials said.
Discussions have focused on handling the logistics of a New York county grand jury’s prospective criminal indictment and the potential for an unprecedented arrest of a former US president.
An indictment would include a deadline for Trump’s surrender. The US Secret Service detail would take Trump to the Manhattan district attorney’s office for fingerprinting and mug shots in the detective squad’s offices. The former president would be taken directly to an arraignment before a judge after arrest processing, as is common in cases where a defendant is allowed to voluntarily surrender, where he would most likely be freed on his own recognisance.
Several issues have been raised during the planning process, according to law enforcement officials who have access to the conversations, including courthouse security and the possibility of Trump supporters staging rallies or demonstrations outside the courthouse as well as counter-demonstrations by anti-Trump protesters, with the possibility of clashes between the two groups.
However, the series of in-person meetings over the past few days have focused on logistics, security, and coordination due to the unprecedented challenges and considerations surrounding how to handle that with a former president of the United States who is protected by the Secret Service and has a sizable following and is under armed guard.