Recent evidence suggests prosecutors in New York are moving toward an indictment against former President Donald Trump on allegations of financial crimes.
If he is still living in Florida should such a development occur, however, it is possible that officials in that state would refuse to extradite him.
“This happens all the time in foreign countries”
That assertion came recently from a source who served as a prosecutor for former special counsel Robert Mueller.
During a recent MSNBC interview, Andrew Weissmann said: “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.”
Should Trump’s current home state refuse extradition in response to a theoretical indictment, it could seriously limit his ability to travel domestically and internationally, Weissmann speculated.
“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,” the former Mueller prosecutor asserted. “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’s remarks came in response to reports that Florida officials are already planning to deal with a possible Trump indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. if one should be handed down while Trump is residing at his Palm Beach golf resort.
“Followed and carried out appropriately”
As state law dictates, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would have the power to decide whether a resident should be extradited upon an indictment by another state.
Palm Beach County Circuit Court Clerk Joe Abruzzo explained that the “statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice.”
Politico noted that Abruzzo was once a close associate of President Joe Biden’s brother, Frank, but he insisted that any issues dealing with a possible Trump indictment would be handled fairly.
“The full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias,” he declared.
Of course, Trump is set to relocate to Bedminster, New Jersey, over the summer — and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is unlikely to prevent extradition even though that state has a similar law on the books. In any case, the clock is ticking on any action by Vance, who has signaled he intends to resign by the end of this year.