New York City prepares for unrest after Trump calls protests over the possible arrest and indictment
New York police and the US Secret Service are meeting to prepare for the possible indictment of Donald Trump in Manhattan after the former president He said he expected to be arrested Law enforcement sources told The Post on Tuesday and called on his supporters to protest.
The FBI, state court officials and the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg have also been kept abreast of the security discussions, as the Big Apple braces for the worst after Trump, 76, urges his followers to “take our nation back” in light of his looming indictment, sources said. horizon.
“We will use all of our available resources,” an NYPD source said Sunday, noting that the department’s Strategic Response Group — which responds to civil unrest and major events — “has a role in this agency and will be called upon when needed.”
The sources said officials from several agencies met on Sunday and are expected to meet again on Monday.
Trump took to his “Truth Social” website over the weekend and said he expects to be charged in Bragg’s ongoing investigation into alleged hush money. I paid porn star Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he denies.
previous president Online call to supporters It has federal, state and local authorities on alert, according to sources.
The sources said several agencies will meet again on Monday to discuss security measures that include restricting vehicular access to the Manhattan courthouse, and deployments inside and outside the building.
The Prague office did not confirm or deny that an indictment was imminent.
But the NYPD said it would be ready in case Trump is charged and unrest breaks out.
“We’re going to handle it like we would anything else,” NYPD Deputy Public Information Commissioner Kevin Maloney told the newspaper. “It’s lower Manhattan, there’s always a lot of police presence there, anyway. So we’ll be watching. We’ll have ample resources. We’ll see what he brings up on Tuesday.”
Maloney said he would “assume there will be conversations with our information desk and stakeholders in the federal court and the DA’s office.
“We’ll have advance warning, I’m sure of the timing of this whole thing,” he added. He added, “We will make sure that the entrance and exits of the courtroom are safe, and if the protesters are there, we will support their rights to peaceful protest. If they are not there, that is even better.”
The Prague office referred a request for comment on Sunday to the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies. The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
A Secret Service spokesperson said, “To maintain the highest levels of integrity in our operations, we cannot comment on specific protection plans or movements of any Secret Service personnel.”
In announcing his alleged temporary arrest Saturday morning, Trump slammed “illegal leaks from the corrupt and politicized Manhattan District Attorney’s office” in his Truth Social post.
The leading Republican nominee far from the USA and former President of the United States will be arrested on Tuesday next week. Protest, bring back our home! ” he wrote.
“They are killing our nation while we sit back and watch. We must save America! Protest, protest, protest!!!.” He added.
Daniels allegedly received more than $130,000 in hush money through Michael Cohen, a lawyer and former aide to Trump.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws regarding the payments and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Meanwhile, Bragg sent an email to his staff on Saturday, He said his office would not be intimidated In Trump’s call for protests.
“Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any identified or credible threats against the office are fully investigated, and that appropriate safeguards are in place so that all 1,600 of us have a safe work environment,” Bragg told his office. And Obtained by journalist Brenna Morello.
“In the meantime, as with all of our investigations, we will continue to apply the law equally and fairly and will only speak out when appropriate,” Bragg wrote. “We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York.”
Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner and Joe Marino