FLORIDA Governor Ron DeSantis can’t prevent Trump from being extradited to New York City if he is indicted, a prosecutor has said.
The comments from Palm Beach County’s top prosecutor, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, come after reports that officials were drawing up “contingency plans” in the event that Trump was charged with a crime.
If prosecutors moved to extradite the former president for prosecution, officials would attempt to block the move, the reports said.
The former president, who was currenting residing at his Mar-a-Lago resort, is at the center of a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into whether he and his business committed banking and tax fraud.
Local law enforcement in Florida has become concerned that a decision on the case could be coming before the end of the year when the current DA Cyrus Vance is scheduled to retire.
But Palm Beach County’s top prosecutor, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, has thrown cold water on the suggestion that DeSantis could unilaterally block former President Donald Trump from being extradited.
Speaking to CNN Newsroom, Aronberg said even DeSantis would only be able to delay Trump’s extradition, not stop it completely.
When asked if he had been involved in conversations with prosecutors about the possibility of extraditing Trump, Aronberg said: “I can clear that up”.
“We have not had conversations with prosecutors in New York about this.”
“The story that you saw was informal conversations with the clerk of courts and other local officials in case an indictment happens," Aronberg said.
Aronberg said a conversation was ongoing as to what the governor’s power was.
“The governor's power to stop an extradition is really nonexistent," he said.
"He can try to delay it, he can send it to a committee and do research about it, but his role is really ministerial, and ultimately the state of New York can go to court and get an order to extradite the former president. But DeSantis could delay matters."
Two high-ranking county officials last week told Politico that a contingency plan is being put in place amid fears over the ability of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a major Trump ally, to intervene.
According to the Florida laws surrounding interstate extradition, DeSantis has the ability to investigate whether a “person ought to be surrendered” before they are handed over to law enforcement officials in another state.
It means that if Trump is indicted while he is at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, the governor could opt not to surrender him to New York.
The Manhattan probe is examining whether the Trump Organization violated state laws with hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
She was allegedly paid to keep quiet after claims of an affair with the real-estate mogul in 2006.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Vance had subpoenaed a Manhattan private school attended by the grandchildren of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg.
The children's mother told the Journal that $500,000 of their tuition was paid for between 2012 and 2019 with checks signed by Weisselberg or Trump himself.
Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was also chairman of the school’s board.
Former prosecutors told the outlet that they believed the investigation is looking into whether the Weisselbergs evaded taxes with the tuition-payment arrangement.
The investigation has allegedly been seeking Allen Weisselberg’s cooperation for months but he remains loyal to Trump.
Trump is also facing a separate tax fraud investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
James began her investigation after Cohen told Congress that the president would inflate and deflate asset values to save money on loans and reduce real estate taxes.
James deposed Eric Trump, the president’s son, in October and could possibly force Donald Trump as a former president to also sit for a deposition, Bloomberg reported.
Trump is facing yet another investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney's office in Georgia on alleged attempts to manipulate election results.
The Daily Beast reported in March that two grand juries are currently underway.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the investigations are part of a major “witch hunt” mounted by his political foes.
Business Insider reports that he has expressed concern over several of the investigations into his financial dealings.
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