Trump to surrender for arraignment in NYC early next week: sources
The NYPD is beefing up its presence as newly indicted former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender early next week, sources told The Post Thursday.
Prosecutors with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office — which filed an unprecedented indictment against Trump, 76, related to hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels — wanted him arraigned Friday, sources said.
But Trump’s lawyers wouldn’t agree to that and instead, he’ll turn himself in next week, possibly as early as Monday, the sources added.
In a statement, Bragg said his office was in touch with Trump’s legal team on a surrender date.
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal,” the statement said. “Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.”
The NYPD, meanwhile, is gearing up for an all-out circus in the Big Apple, ordering all uniformed members across every rank to be in uniform and “be prepared for deployment” starting at Friday 7 a.m., according to a police memo.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said the NYPD is prepared for anything, but stressed that there have been no “credible threats” to the city.
“The mayor is in constant contact with Commissioner Sewell about all public safety issues affecting the city,” City Hall Press Secretary Fabien Levy said. “The NYPD continues to monitor all activity and there are no credible threats to the city at this time. The NYPD always remains prepared to respond to events happening on the ground and keep New Yorkers safe.”
Trump will be fingerprinted, have his mugshot taken, and possibly be led into Manhattan court in handcuffs — but he will likely avoid being perp-walked, experts said.
Charges against Trump have not yet been revealed — but grand jurors in Manhattan have been hearing evidence related to hush-money payments made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of the 2016 election.
Trump has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, including in a statement Thursday evening.
“The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump,’ but now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of blatant Election Interference,” he railed.