The Secret Service will take the lead after Trump is served an indictment and they will decide whether he will be handcuffed.
“We learn that the Manhattan DA office has requested a meeting with law enforcement prior to a possible indictment of Trump. The meeting is due to discuss logistics for some time next week which would mean they are anticipating a arraignment next week” pic.twitter.com/IkbM46Naoe
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Fox News reported, “The same sources familiar with the planning said they would review security measures in and around the Lower Manhattan courthouse. The Secret Service will take the lead in what they will and won’t allow. The source warned, mentioning for example the decision whether or not to handcuff the former president. They will set the tone and escort him into the courtroom. There will be coordination between all of us, the source said, but we will defer to the Secret Service.
For those of you who have always wanted to see Donald Trump taken away in handcuffs, 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 tasked with protecting current and former presidents.
Images of Trump in handcuffs would be politically devastating, and considering he’s a 76-year-old who won’t be charged with a violent crime, it probably won’t happen.
However, once Trump is indicted in Manhattan, the floodgates could open for further indictments against the failing former president, his business and his family.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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