The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has instructed all 36,000 of its officers to be in uniform and on standby in a memo obtained by News 4. It referenced comments by the former president to his supporters calling on them to "protest" and "take our country back" the moment he is arrested.
In line with this, several law enforcement groups met on March 20 at the NYPD's headquarters in Manhattan. They discussed the logistics of a potential indictment against Trump, which Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg has been pursuing. According to reports, the DA is allegedly bankrolled by Hungarian billionaire globalist George Soros to prosecute the real estate mogul-turned-president.
Attendees in the meeting include Michael Magliano (public safety chief for the New York State Unified Court System), Patrick Freaney (special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service's New York field office) and a representative from Bragg's office.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has also requested additional manpower in case civil unrest breaks out following Trump's arrest. It has also begun erecting barricades around key streets and structures in the federal capital.
The USCP clarified on March 20 that while it is not aware of any specific threat against Washington, D.C., it is making preparations out of an abundance of caution.
Trump himself said he expects to be arrested on March 21, but law enforcement sources disagree. They postulated that the former president could be taken into custody by March 22 at the earliest. If Bragg successfully indicts Trump, the latter would be the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. (Related: 'Huge tipping point': Critics blast potential indictment of former President Trump, but also see how it could help him.)
But according to retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, the probability of Trump being taken into custody just went down a notch – thanks to the testimony of Robert Costello, erstwhile attorney for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Costello told jurors during his March 20 testimony that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had a "lie, cheat, steal" mentality. Following his testimony, Costello told members of the media that Cohen was an unreliable witness to base Trump's indictment on.
"I'm trying to tell the truth to the grand jury," Costello said. "If they want to go after Trump and they have solid evidence, then so be it. Michael Cohen is not solid evidence."
Moreover, Costello said it was he – not Trump – who arranged the "hush payments" given to adult film actress Stormy Daniels for her silence about an alleged "affair" with the former president.
Dershowitz dubbed Costello's testimony as a "game-changer" for Trump during a March 21 appearance on Fox News. He also shared that Bragg now has two possible options after Giuliani's former lawyer took the witness stand.
"No. 1, [Bragg] can say: 'Alright, I'm going to try to make the case without Cohen.' He cannot use Cohen as a witness anymore. That would be unethical because of the testimony that Costello gave. [No. 2], he could say: 'Look, I have to drop the case,'" Dershowitz said.
"He may not be able to make it without Cohen. But if he can't make it without Cohen, he can't make it – because no ethical prosecutor is allowed to put on as a witness somebody who has told the lies and had contradicted himself so much."
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