Although allegations against him still remain largely limited to partisan talking points, Democrats are already said to be planning for former President Donald Trump’s indictment.
Politico referenced the trend in a recent article titled: “How Palm Beach is preparing for a possible Trump indictment.”
Florida statute presents uncertainty
The piece hinges on the possibility that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. moves to indict Trump, who is currently living at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The New York prosecutor has been leading an investigation into whether the former president committed some type of financial crime.
A possible complication could arise if Trump is indicted while in Florida, but Politico noted that Palm Beach officials are already addressing the issue.
Florida’s existing statute would give GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis the final say in deciding whether Trump should be extradited to New York to face charges.
For his part, DeSantis has yet to comment on the situation, though speculation is already beginning to swirl regarding how he would respond to such a scenario.
Circuit Court of Palm Beach County Clerk Joe Abruzzo would also be a central player. A former associate of the Biden family, Abruzzo would be tasked with opening any fugitive-at-large case.
“The full extent of the law”
He vowed to approach the case with a focus on facts, insisting that “the full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias.”
These concerns could be irrelevant if Trump spends the summer in New Jersey, which appears likely.
Although New Jersey has an extradition statute similar to Florida’s, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy would likely hand Trump over to out-of-state authorities. Of course, all of the theories are rooted in the uncertainty surrounding possible criminal charges against Trump.
Vance recently weighed in on the status of his office’s probe after acquiring a large number of relevant financial documents, asserting that “there’s a good likelihood of a charge” against the former president.
If an indictment does come under Vance’s leadership, it is to be expected sooner rather than later, since he has announced plans to retire at the end of the year, according to reports.