"The Manhattan DA's office has asked for a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a potential Trump indictment," Fox reported. "This is coming to Fox News from a source in the courts."
The probe is investigating whether Trump made a $130,000 payment prior to Daniels prior to his successful 2016 presidential run. Prosecutors said that the money was given to keep Daniels quiet about a long-denied affair.
Trump has denied knowing about the payments, which were made via his attorney, though Trump's current attorney has stated that Trump could not have publicly stated that he knew about the payments, even if he did, if it was a settlement that came with a requirement to not disclose those terms.
"The meeting, which was requested yesterday and has not been set yet, is to discuss logistics for sometime next week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment next week," Fox reported.
"Some sources familiar with the planning said they will go over security preparations in and around the courthouse and lower Manhattan. Secret Service will take the lead in what they will allow or will not allow. The source cautioned, mentioning for instance, that the decision to handcuff the president, or former President or not. They will set the tone and will escort him into the courtroom," Fox reported.
"'There will be coordination between all of us', the source said 'but we will defer to the Secret Service'. The battle will be between Secret Service and DA Alvin Bragg. They will decide how and when he'll get into the building and they are not going to leave him," Fox said.
"The source believes that the former president will still have to be fingerprinted and processed like every other defendant, Fox reports.
"So this is a huge development if Alvin Bragg has decided to go ahead with a felony indictment of the former president. This was a charge that the federal officials refused to prosecute on, or even really pursue. This was a misdemeanor in New York that Alvin Bragg has decided to elevate to a felony while at the same time downgrading other felonies to misdemeanors," Fox said.
Joseph Tacopina, Trump's attorney, confirmed that the invitation was sent to Trump on Thursday from Manhattan District Attorney Alvain Bragg's office. He stated that he believed prosecutors had not yet made a decision on whether Trump will be charged. Daniels previously was ordered to pay Trump $300,000 in legal fees after a federal court rejected of a defamation case brought by her against Trump.
Tacopina called the investigation "much ado about nothing" and said that the legal basis on which prosecutors were building their case is weak. >"It’s just another example of them weaponizing the justice system against him. And it’s sort of unfair," he said in a comment to AP.
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