How the DeSantis could become the man who signs Trump's arrest warrant
If a New York grand jury indicts in connection with hush money payments to , it could deliver another twist to the bitter rivalry between the former president and his likely rival for the 2024 presidential nomination.
For if Trump refuses to travel from his Mar-a-Lago home to surrender voluntarily to police in Manhattan, it would fall to Florida Governor Ron to sign a local arrest warrant.
The situation may be hypothetical but it is one of the potential scenarios that could play out if the nation enters the uncharted territory of a former president — and a current presidential candidate — being indicted.
And it could put DeSantis in a terrible bind.
Legal experts say he would have little choice but to authorize the extradition of a Florida resident to New York, knowing that he will be forever blamed by the Trump base as the man who signed the former president’s arrest warrant.
There could be yet another twist in the legal saga playing out in New York, giving Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a critical role in sending Donald Trump to be arrested in Manhattan
Trump supporters rallied in support of the former president near his Florida home of Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Tuesday, the day he said he was going to be arrested
For the time being, the grand jury appears to be wrapping up its work, Airbus A319 hearing from its final witnesses before considering whether to hand down an indictment.
‘Assuming it is, Trump would be notified and given the opportunity to come to New York voluntarily for booking (fingerprints and photo) and shortly thereafter brought to the judge for arraignment on the charges (where Trump can plead not guilty and a determination of whether he will be released pending the trial, which he certainly will be given the nature of the offenses, although he would likely have to give up his passport),’ said Joshua Dressler, law professor emeritus of Ohio State University.
‘If he refuses to come to NY, it is not beyond the realm of possibility they might try to handle the matter remotely.
‘Otherwise, yes, an extradition hearing would be required.I think it unlikely DeSantis would try to intervene in any way.’
The case blew up in the media at the weekend when Trump himself posted a message saying he expected to be arrested on Tuesday.
Trump supporters expressed outrage at what they said was a politically motivated case.And called on the Florida governor to help block the arrest.
But DeSantis attracted their ire by waiting more than 48 hours before commenting, and then suggesting he had more important things to focus on.
Photographers are staking out Trump’s 757 private jet at West Palm Beach International Airport for any sign that the former president is about to make the flight to New York
Trump’s supporters were out in force along the road leading from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach and the former president’s Florida home
Supporters said they were there to peacefully protest against the politically motivated decision to potentially bring charges against the former president
Although he has not declared he is running, DeSantis is already Trump’s biggest rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
And in his comments he suggested he was going to steer clear of the legal case.
‘We’re not getting involved in it in any way,’ he told reporters.
Trump’s lawyers have already said that they expect the former president to travel voluntarily to New York to give himself up.
But the famously quixotic president has been known to change his mind at the last minute, which leaves the possibility that police have to come and get him.
And there is probably little that DeSantis can do anyway to shield Trump whether he wanted to or not, according to Ric Simmons, professor of law at Ohio State University.
A US Secret Service agent can be seen guarding the Mar-a-Lago Club, home of former President Donald Trump, on Tuesday
New York prosecutors could also apply to a Florida judge for a warrant, he said.
‘You can do that with a judge – and judge can sign off on it.Or they can go to DeSantis – its a ministerial sort of rubber stamp.
‘If DeSantis refuses, he can really just delay it as they can just go to a judge instead.
‘All he can do it delay it if he wants to.
‘But an important point is that this doesn’t stop him being charged and if ever he goes to New York he’ll be arrested.’
Trump used a social media post on Saturday to call on his supporters to protest as he claimed he expects to be arrested as early as Tuesday.Aides say they do not know the timing