On Monday, Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell are expected to outline the city’s security measures ahead of a potential criminal charge against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan, sources familiar with the matter told the Daily News.
It is believed that the indictment against Trump could be dropped as early as this week, and sources said Adams and Sewell will update local elected officials in a closed-door meeting on Monday afternoon about what the NYPD and other law enforcement are doing. authorities to prepare for a potentially unprecedented move by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.
Adams spokesman Fabien Levy declined to comment on what to expect from the briefing, saying, “We don’t discuss private conversations.”
Adams’ aides said earlier Monday that there are currently no known threats related to Trump’s likely indictment. However, Adams told reporters at City Hall that the NYPD remains on high alert.
“We are monitoring comments on social media and the NYPD is doing their usual role of making sure there is no inappropriate activity in the city,” the mayor said. “We are confident that we can do it.”
Another sign that an indictment may be imminent came Monday morning as NYPD officers set up barricaded press pens outside the Manhattan Criminal Court, where Trump’s possible indictment was to take place.
Sources familiar with the Bragg investigation say the district attorney is considering filing felony charges against Trump for reimbursing Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney, for a $130,000 silence payment he paid to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Cohen testified under oath that Daniels accepted the payment, promising that she would remain silent about her allegations that she and Trump had sex in 2006.
According to Bragg’s theory, Trump may have committed campaign finance crimes by buying Daniels’ silence before an election he won. If indicted, Trump would become the first ex-president in modern American history to face criminal charges.
The exact time of the indictment is unclear. Trump said on social media over the weekend that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday and — in an echo of his infamous comments ahead of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol — called on his supporters to take to the streets of Manhattan to protest.
However, Tuesday’s arraignment seemed unlikely.
The grand jury responsible for making the final decision on Trump’s indictment was scheduled to hear evidence on Monday from Bob Costello, an attorney for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the ex-president’s chief deputy. The grand jury is not expected to sit on Tuesday.
This story is evolving and will be updated.