Attorney Joe Tacopina says that former President Donald Trump is neither going to plead guilty nor be placed in handcuffs following his recent indictment.
Tacopina, who is representing Trump in the matter, indicated as much during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday.
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Donald Trump's attorney, Joe Tacopina, said the former president's initial reaction to his indictment was "shock," despite predicting his own arrest "based on rumours and leaks." https://t.co/ybqyaBxO0f pic.twitter.com/eBdzRDc3eF
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Several big questions have been raised following Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's indictment of Trump.
One of these questions is whether Bragg and the Democrats would get the satisfaction of placing Trump in handcuffs. Clearly, that has been one of their goals for many years now. According to Tacopina, though, it's not going to happen.
"The president will not be put in handcuffs," Tacopina said.
Another question is whether Bragg and the Democrats will get a mugshot of Trump and make Trump take a perp walk. Tacopina seemed to indicate that these things are possibilities.
"As far as a mugshot's concerned, perp walk, I mean, you know, as I said, I'm sure they'll try to make sure they get some joy out of this by parading him," Tacopina said.
Fox News has separately confirmed that Trump and his legal team appear to have reached a deal with the Manhattan District Attorney's office with regard to the indictment and arraignment.
As part of that agreement, Trump will not be placed in handcuffs. Trump is expected to appear in court in New York City on Tuesday to be arraigned. Then, it is expected that Trump will return to his residence in Florida until the next stages of the proceeding.
According to Tacopina, Trump, at the arraignment, will plead "not guilty."
Tacopina, during his ABC appearance, revealed what he expects to happen next. He said:
This is unprecedented in this country's history. I don't know what to expect other than an arraignment. I understand they're going to be closing off blocks around the courthouse, shutting down the courthouse. You know, we'll go in there and we'll proceed to see a judge at some point, plead not guilty, start talking about filing motions, which we will do immediately and very aggressively regarding the legal viability of this case.
At the time of this writing, the indictment has still not been unsealed. And so, it remains unclear specifically what charges Trump will face.