Former President Trump is expected to fly from Florida to New York next week, as is He faces an indictment Because of the alleged money silence scandal of 2016.
The former president plans to leave Mar-a-Lago for New York City on Monday and will stay at Trump Tower that night.
Trump is expected to appear in court early Tuesday morning. Earlier reports said he was expected to be arraigned at 2:15 p.m. before Judge Juan Merchan.
The Secret Service will ensure Trump is brought in safely. The Secret Service works with New York Police Department, The FBI, New York state court officials and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to finalize security and logistics for Trump’s case and custody.
The former president will return directly to Mar-a-Lago after the indictment. A source told Fox News Digital that Trump will not be caught in handcuffs, having made an arrangement with the DA’s office.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Alvin Bragg, has been investigating the alleged money silence scandal for five years. The alleged payments include $130,000 awarded to Stormy Daniels, as well as $150,000 awarded to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The hush money is not illegal, but prosecutors are expected to argue that the payments were improper donations to Trump’s campaign, because they helped his candidacy.
Trump has criticized the indictment as a witch hunt.
“This is political persecution and election interference on the highest level in history,” Trump said in a statement. “Ever since I descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as President of the United States, the radical left-wing Democrats—the enemy of the hardworking men and women of this country—have been engaged in a witch-hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”
Fox News’ Marta Dance and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.