Former President Donald Trump could end up stuck in Florida if he is indicted in New York and there is resistance to him being extradited, according to a top prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.
Looking ahead, Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official and FBI general counsel, also suggested such a situation could limit Trump’s ability to inhabit the White House should he run for the presidency again in 2024.
“This happens all the time in foreign countries, where essentially you have people who are sort of imprisoned in a country. Here, Donald Trump would be imprisoned in Florida,” Weissmann said during an appearance on MSNBC. “If he went overseas, if he went to any other state, he would be subject to those laws, and so he would really have to stay in Florida. It certainly would be quite an interesting issue if he were to, for instance — this is way down the road — but if he were to try and run again for president, he would not be inhabiting the White House in that situation because there would be papers seeking his extradition to New York.”
Weissmann, who played an instrumental role in winning convictions against former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates during the Russia investigation and later lamented how he believed that the special counsel “could have done more” to hold Trump accountable, was reacting to a Politico report on Thursday that said officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, are grappling with the possibility of Trump being indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is looking for possible bank, tax, or insurance fraud.
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Source: Washington Examiner