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Palm Beach prosecutor says DeSantis could delay hypothetical Trump extradition

Palm Beach prosecutor says DeSantis could delay hypothetical Trump extradition
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Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg in a Monday interview with CNN said that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisBanning ideas in schools isn't enough — parents must be active citizens DeSantis tops Trump in 2024 presidential straw poll Florida governor adept student of Trump playbook MORE (R) could delay a possible extradition of former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE to New York if there was an indictment but that he could not stop it.

There has been no indictment of Trump, and it is not clear one will happen, though a jury in New York City is investigating the former president and his businesses for banking and tax fraud.

Politico reported last week that law enforcement officials in Palm Beach have discussed how to handle a possible extradition if Trump is indicted by authorities. 

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Aronberg told CNN's Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaPalm Beach prosecutor says DeSantis could delay hypothetical Trump extradition Jen Psaki says the quiet part out loud about Joe Biden Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' MORE that "we have not had conversations with prosecutors in New York" about an extradition but that there have been informal conversations between the the clerk of court and other local officials about what could happen.

He also told Acosta that DeSantis's power as governor to stop an extradition, if it were to come to that, was “really nonexistent.”

“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,” Aronberg added.

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When Acosta asked if Palm Beach would fight that, Aronberg said, “We would be part of it. But it’s really ministerial.”

Aronberg then noted that Congress's tabulation on Jan. 6 of the Electoral College vote was supposed to be ministerial, adding, "And look what happened then. So you have to be prepared for anything."

A mob interrupted Congress's count on Jan. 6, seeking to stop it.