A law enforcement source familiar with the matter says that ex-President Donald Trump is set to be arraigned in Manhattan criminal court at approximately 2:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Officials involved in the planning are reportedly contemplating suspending all other case activity during his appearance to minimize foot traffic and improve security. The adjournment of other matters at the courthouse would create a safer environment, according to the same source.
Judge Juan Merchan will be presiding over the case and a second source has confirmed that Trump will surrender himself without handcuffs. Detectives with the DA’s office will coordinate with the Secret Service in the arrest of the former president.
According to Fox:
The Secret Service will determine how Trump is brought in, the source familiar said.
Sources previously told Fox News that Bragg had requested that Trump surrender to his office Friday after the grand jury voted to indict him Thursday evening, but the Secret Service delayed his surrender.
The indictment of a current or former president of the United States is unprecedented in American history. The criminal charges against Trump come after a years-long investigation into a $130,000 payment to Daniels and another $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, allegedly to keep them quiet about alleged sexual liaisons they had with Trump during his first campaign for the presidency. Trump has denied the affairs and any wrongdoing.
Those payments had been investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and by the Federal Election Commission.
This is a developing story.