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Palm Beach planning for possibility of Trump indictment: report

Officials in Palm Beach, Fla., are reportedly considering a course of action should former President Trump be indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. while he is staying at Mar-a-Lago.

According to Politico, law enforcement officials in the town have discussed how to handle a possible extradition if Trump is indicted by authorities investigating whether he committed banking and tax fraud.

The news outlet notes Trump’s location would affect potential extradition proceedings, as Florida’s extradition statute gives Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) the ability to intervene and determine whether someone should be surrendered to out-of-state law enforcement.

“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” Joseph Abruzzo, circuit court clerk of Palm Beach County, told Politico.

Abruzzo is reportedly a former associate of President Biden’s younger brother, Frank, but he told the outlet that “the full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias.”

If Trump travels to Bedminster, N.J., as Mar-a-Lago closes for the season, however, his prospects could change. The state has a similar statute to Florida, but the governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is not an ardent supporter of Trump like DeSantis is, Politico noted.

Tags Donald Trump Donald Trump Extradition Florida Republicans Joe Biden Mar-a-Lago New Jersey Ron DeSantis Ron DeSantis The Trump Organization

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