The Secret Service will take the lead after an indictment is filed against Trump and they will decide whether to handcuff him.
“We learn that the Manhattan DA office has requested a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a possible indictment of Trump. The meeting is scheduled to discuss logistics for some time next week, which would mean they expect an indictment next week” pic.twitter.com/IkbM46Naoe
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Fox News reported, “The same sources familiar with the planning said they will review security in and around the lower Manhattan courthouse. Secret Service will take the lead on what they allow and what they don’t. The source warned against mentioning, for example, the decision to handcuff the former president or not. You set the tone and escort him into the courtroom. There will be coordination between all of us, the source said, but we will bow to the Secret Service.”
For those of you who have always wanted to see Donald Trump handcuffed, your dream could come true next week.
Trump is unlikely to be handcuffed. The Secret Service taking the lead makes sense because the Secret Service is responsible for protecting current and past presidents.
Images of Trump in handcuffs would be politically devastating, and since he’s a 76-year-old man not charged with a violent crime, it’s unlikely to happen.
However, once Trump is indicted in Manhattan, the floodgates could open for more indictments against the failed former president, his company and his family.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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