West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump flew from Florida on Monday on his private plane to New York and his historic cruise. booking and arrangement money in silence The city has beefed up its security forces and warned potential protesters “not to be a breeding ground for repulsive anger.”
Trump motorcades from his Mar-a-Lago club in a red, white and blue Boeing 757, with his name printed in gold letters, on national television. He received him past his supporters waving flags and cheering the cause burning against him – arising from payments during his 2016 campaign, he made it as politically motivated.
The scene was very different in New York, where Trump has built a national profile in business and entertainment, but entered the state deeply unpopular. Prosecutors say their case against him has nothing to do with politics and have defended the work of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is leading it.
Monday’s return to the city opens an unprecedented chapter in American history, with Trump becoming the first former president to face criminal charges as a midterm. the third expedition to the White House. It causes major legal, political and cultural issues to collide in new ways.
The former president and his aides are embroiled in a media circus. After initially being caught off guard by the news of the announcement as it emerged on Thursday evening, Trump and his team hoped to use the case to their advantage. However, in a Monday filing, the judge asked for photo and video coverage of the prosecution’s motion.
Repeating his frequent announcements, Trump posted a “MAGAL HUNTING” on social media.
He also formalized his legal team on Monday, adding a third high-profile attorney, Todd Blanche, according to three people familiar with the matter. Blanche, a former federal prosecutor, previously represented former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The people declined to publicly discuss the legal details of the company’s plan and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The former president planned to spend the night at Trump Tower, then surrender to authorities on Tuesday to be booked and likely charged in the afternoon. So far, the police have not seen the force of people coming to the city, as happened in Washington during the popular days before the crowd of Trump supporters. Overran the US Capitol in January 2021.
However, authorities have warned that possessing a weapon is a crime in certain areas of the city, including around markets.
“As long as there are some litigants planning to come to our city tomorrow, our message is clear and simple: keep yourselves,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “New York City is our home, not a playground for misguided anger. We are the safest big city in America because we respect the rule of law in New York City.”
Trump Tower was open Monday, but traffic was expected to be clouded by traffic jams near the street, especially as the former president came and went, and additional security was also in the works. A small group of supporters held up large “TRUMPET 2014” signs next to a reporter’s pen, a block from Trump Tower.
Authorities have also taken steps to close and secure the courtroom area where Trump is expected to appear before a judge as part of his impeachment.
One of Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress is Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was helping to organize the company in New York on Tuesday morning, and Mayor Adams took the unusual step of calling her by name.
“Although we have no specific threats, people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is known to spread misinformation and hate speech, has stated that she is coming to town,” Adams said. “While you’re in town, you’re on your best behavior.”
The trumpet is facing many crimes of falsifying business records, at least one misdemeanor, in an indictment handed up by a Manhattan grand jury last week. The investigation examines six-figure payments made to porn actor Daniel Storm and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Both say they have been dating since they were married to Trump years before he entered politics. Trump denies having sexual relations with both women and has denied any wrongdoing.
In Florida, preparations to cheer Trump continue as he began his morning at the airport. Supporters gathered at the West Coast shopping center on the way to the airport, before making the hour’s journey.
Boca Raton firefighter Eric Solensten and his fellow rescuer, John Fischer, placed the flags. One was 30 by 6 feet (9 by 2 meters), depicting police officers and gunmen saying, “Thanks for having your back, President Trump.”
“We’re fire fighters. We’re ready and we don’t like to wait for things to happen,” said Solensten, who took the day off to show support for Trump. “He needs morale like everyone else needs courage. He has done more in this country than all 10 presidents combined.”
No former president has ever been identified and an active campaign for next year’s presidency is only moving the political bloc further. Trump spent the weekend golfing and meeting advisers, but his campaign says it has raised more than $5 million since word of the indictment broke. One Trump fundraising email on Monday carried the subject line “Tomorrow, I’ll be arrested.”
Top Republicans are among some of Trump’s potential rival for next year’s GOP presidential primarythey declared the cause of him. President Joe Biden, who has yet to formally announce that he will seek re-election next year, and other leading Democrats. I will say very little about him.
Trump, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, campaigned near the US-Mexico border on Monday and suggested that coverage of the former president’s impeachment should be distracted from other key issues such as immigration. But he also added, “You have a liberal prosecutor who is making political claims against the former president.”
“We’re dealing with a lot of political drama that’s unnecessary because you have politics and vindictive people out there,” Haley told Fox News Channel.
Solensten, a Florida Trump supporter, denied that he was wrong because the president was charged with an alleged porn star long before he was in office. He said investigators should be looking at Biden’s son, Hunter, and his businesses instead Committees in the Republican-controlled House had already begun to examine.
“To me these are traitors”, said Solensten Bidens: “But it is a walk”.
Weissert reported to Vienna. Associate writers Michael R. Sisak, Jill Colvin, Bobby Cain Calvan and Julie Walker in New York and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.