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Extraditing Trump to New York could get messy if he is indicted

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 5/14/2021 Daniel Chaitin
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Officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, are reportedly grappling with the possibility of former President Donald Trump being indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is looking for possible bank, tax, or insurance fraud.

One point of discussion, sources told Politico, is the topic of extradition and the role of local law enforcement. A Florida statute gives the governor, who right now is Ron DeSantis, the ability to intervene and investigate whether a person charged with a crime "ought to be surrendered" to another state.

“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” Joe Abruzzo, clerk of the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, told the outlet.

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DeSantis is a former Republican congressman whom Trump has floated as a possible running mate if he runs for the White House again in 2024. While he might be opposed to extraditing Trump to New York, the situation gets more complicated with Trump expected to spend his summer in Bedminster, New Jersey, as his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach shuts down for the season.

The report noted that New Jersey has a similar statute that gives the governor a warrant to investigate from out of state. That governor is Phil Murphy, a Democrat who has been critical of Trump, particularly after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Abruzzo was identified as being a former close associate of President Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, but he assured the outlet “the full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias.”

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The report said Trump's legal team could negotiate a condition of surrender if he is indicted, which could preclude involvement of local law enforcement, but an attorney for the former president declined to comment.

The Trump Organization is also under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump denies any wrongdoing and in February decried what he dubbed a "new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and AGs."

Tags: News, Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Florida, New York

Original Author: Daniel Chaitin

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