Secret Service Holds High-Stakes Meeting With NY Jail Officials: What’s Trump’s NYC Verdict Got Them Planning?

By Greg Moriarty | Wednesday, 29 May 2024 12:00 PM
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In a recent development, it has been reported that the Secret Service detail assigned to former President Donald Trump has been in discussions with local New York corrections officials.

This comes in anticipation of a potential verdict in the ongoing New York City trial that could see Trump facing incarceration. The judge presiding over the case has also ruled that the jury does not need to reach a consensus on the specific crime committed by Trump.

As reported by CBS News, a source within the New York corrections department confirmed that Trump's Secret Service detail has been liaising with local corrections officials. As the 45th President of the United States, Trump is entitled to lifelong Secret Service protection, a privilege that could be complicated by a potential prison sentence.

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During a hearing on May 6, Judge Merchan expressed concerns about the potential logistical challenges of enforcing a prison sentence for Trump. He stated, "I worry about the people who would have to execute that sanction: the court officers, the correction officers, the Secret Service detail, among others." Merchan has previously warned Trump of potential jail time for violations of a court-imposed gag order. While it remains uncertain whether Trump will serve jail time, the prospect is unprecedented.

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Former Manhattan prosecutor Duncan Levin suggested to CBS News that if found guilty, Trump could be sentenced to home confinement and a probation period. This would enable Trump to continue his social media activities and conduct interviews.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has expressed confidence in the city's preparedness for any outcome, stating, "Our amazing commissioner is prepared for whatever comes on Rikers Island." He added, "I’m pretty sure [the Department of Corrections commissioner] would be prepared to manage and deal with the situation."

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Trump is currently facing 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a case brought by District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The charges, which relate to actions taken in 2016, are typically classified as misdemeanors and are beyond the statute of limitations. However, Bragg has escalated the charges to felonies, suggesting they are linked to another crime. Judge Merchan has ruled that the jury does not need to agree on the nature of this other crime, only that another crime was committed alongside the falsified records charges.

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