The NYPD tonight ordered a full mobilization plan for all uniformed officers to be ‘prepared for deployment’ after Donald Trump was indicted.
A memo issued just after 5.30pm said all suited and booted members of the force must ‘remain prepared for mobilization at any time during their assigned tour.’
The force said it was dispatching additional manpower to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York Supreme Court where steel barricades have been in place for the last two weeks.
‘There will be extra security from all levels, state, federal and city,’ an official told DailyMail.com. ‘That will be not only to protect Trump but all the spectators supporting and opposing Trump.’
The historic Civic Center has seen flashes of anger erupt in recent days between Trump loyalists and opposing liberal protesters who want to see the ex-president go down.
Now the NYPD is bracing for an onslaught of demonstrations, as well as the world’s media descending to watch as Trump is hauled up before a judge over a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Members of the media gather as police officers stand outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday after former President Donald Trump’s indictment by a Manhattan grand jury
Anti-Trump protesters hold signs outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday after former president’s indictment
Barricades are put up in anticipation of large protests outside the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in New York, US, on Monday, March 20
A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indicted former president Donald Trump over hush money paid to pornstar Stormy Daniels
It comes after a Manhattan grand jury late Thursday voted to indict Trump – making him the first ever former president to face criminal charges, which are expected to land in the coming days.
It marks the end of a years-long investigation into cash paid to the adult movie star in 2016, allegedly to buy her silence about their affair.
Trump played nine holes of golf at his Florida club as usual on Thursday morning, a source told DailyMail.com.
But the 76-year-old and his aides were taken by surprise when they learned of the indictment later at his Mar-a-Lago home, The New York Times reported.
In a statement sent later in the afternoon, Trump expressed his fury at a witch hunt he said had begun as soon as he ran for office.
‘The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump,’ but now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of blatant election Interference,’ he said.
‘Never before in our nation’s history has this been done.’
His lawyers, Susan Necheles and Joseph Tacopina, said: ‘President Trump has been indicted. He did not commit any crime. We will vigorously fight this political prosecution in court.’
New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrives at the District Attorney’s Office in New York City Wednesday
New York State Court policemen get ready for the arrival of the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg at his office on Friday
Demonstrators protest against former President Donald Trump outside the Lower Manhattan Civic Center on Monday
Opposing protesters for and against Donald Trump face off outside the New York County Criminal Courthouse on Monday
A lone supporter of former President Donald Trump heckles journalists outside the Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building on March 27, 2023
Media gather outside of New York County Criminal Courthouse as the nation waits for the possibility of an indictment on Monday
Officers from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Canine Unit search around the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City Wednesday
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers sit in vehicles outside the District Attorney’s Office in New York City on Wednesday
The indictment takes the country into complex legal and political territory, with a candidate for president now facing arrest and the prospect of humiliating court appearances.
Although he is the first former president to be criminally charged, he is not the first presidential candidate to be criminally charged. Eugene Debs, convicted of sedition and jailed for his opposition to World War One, ran for president five times.
It marks a victory for the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg.
Bragg’s office has been probing a $130,000 hush money payment made by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, to Daniels, 44, during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Trump camp was quick to blast the indictment on Thursday night, with Eric Trump telling DailyMail.com it is ‘the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent’.
The White House declined to comment on the Trump indictment when asked by DailyMail.com.
Meanwhile it also emerged on Thursday New York prosecutors were looking to charge Trump over a $150,000 payment made to another former Playboy model.
ay New York prosecutors were looking to charge Trump over a $150,000 payment made to another former Playboy model.
Bragg’s team has questioned grand jury witnesses about cash given to Karen McDougal, who was Playboy magazine ‘Playmate of the Year’ in 1998.
A grand jury has been hearing evidence about allegations that Donald Trump paid $130,000 to adult movie star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence over their affair
Meanwhile it also emerged on Thursday New York prosecutors were looking to charge Trump over a $150,000 payment made to another former Playboy model
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for his handling of the case. Many say it has no legs and is driven by his own political hatred of Trump
Eric Trump told DailyMail.com: ‘This is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year.
‘They are ruthlessly attacking my father because he dared challenge the political elite. This is Exhibit A to the decline of American Law.’
A source told DailyMail.com that Trump played nine holes of golf at his West Palm Beach club on Thursday morning. His regular table in the grill room was reserved but he did not stay for lunch.
The former president has always denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
The allegations came to light when Trump was in office, triggering a federal investigation.
In 2017 Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, including tax evasion, fraud and campaign finance violations, and he told a court in Manhattan that Trump had directed him to make the payments.
But the investigation disappeared from the headlines as other legal cases focused on Trump’s family business and his actions around the Jan. 6, 2021, riot hog the spotlight. But it never went away.
Although the Justice Department decided not to charge Trump and the Federal Election Commission was deadlocked over taking action over claims that the payment amounted to an undeclared campaign contribution, the Manhattan DA was still looking at the case.
And it took on fresh momentum early in 2023 when Cohen met with investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office and it emerged that a grand jury was hearing evidence.
Such hearings are conducted in secret. But one theory was that it was probing Trump for falsifying business records in connection with the payment, by allegedly misreporting a campaign donation as a legal fees.
Natalie Harp (left) was seen on the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Wednesday with the former president on Wednesday. She was pictured showing Donald Trump something on her phone
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is one of at least 75 liberal district attorneys who have received millions in funding from George Soros-backed political action committees
In 2017 former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, including tax evasion, fraud and campaign finance violations, and he told a court in Manhattan that Trump had directed him to make the payments
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
The New York Young Republicans Club is holding a protest on Monday evening. ‘Join us in peaceful protest of Alvin Bragg’s heinous attack on President Donald J. Trump … ‘ it says
That amounts to a misdemeanor. But that rises to a felony if it is done in conjunction with a second crime, such as a campaign finance violation.
Then in March Bragg’s office asked Trump to testify, in the clearest sign yet that he could be indicted.
The former president confirmed as much in a social media post at the weekend, calling on supporters to rise up in protest.
‘The far and away leading Republican candidate and former president of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,’ he posted on his Truth Social platform. ‘Protest, take our nation back!’
The final act was reportedly the repeat testimony of Trump lawyer Robert Costello on Monday.
He was asked to appear by the former president’s legal team because he may have evidence that contradicted Cohen’s account. Privately Trump’s allies are confident that the case has little substance.
New York Police Department staff install barricades around the Lower Manhattan court complex ahead of former President Donald Trump’s anticipated indictment
An insider told DailyMail.com that it strengthens him politically, rallying the base in his support. ‘It is very obvious that this is helpful,’ he said.
He added that to get the second charge, elevating the case to a felony, prosecutors would have to show that Trump wanted to cover up an affair to help his campaign, even though the business mogul’s love life had been frontpage news in New York for decades.
‘Of course no one wants to be indicted, but it is helpful politically and legally it’s not even that much of a threat because the case is so weak and looks nakedly political,’ added the source.
Legal experts have also weighed in on the case’s failings.
‘Although it may be politically popular, the case is legally pathetic,’ said Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professof of Public Interest Law at the George Washington University in a column for The Hill.
‘Bragg is struggling to twist state laws to effectively prosecute a federal case long ago rejected by the Justice Department against Trump over his payment of @hush [email protected] to former stripper Stormy Daniels.
‘In 2018 (yes, that is how long this theory has been around), I wrote how difficult such a federal case would be under existing election laws. Now, six years later, the same theory may be shoehorned into a state claim.’
Meanwhile on Thursday it emerged Manhattan DA Bragg’s team has questioned grand jury witnesses about cash given to Karen McDougal, who was Playboy magazine ‘Playmate of the Year’ in 1998.
McDougal claims she had a ten-month affair with Trump which began in 2006. Trump’s office released a statement on Thursday branding the development a ‘hoax’.
Evidence about payments to McDougal could either be used to bring new charges or establish a ‘pattern of behavior’ for the Daniels case, sources told the Wall Street Journal which revealed the development.
A spokesman for Trump said: ‘It is sad to see radical Democrats and their partners in the media try to resurrect a dead witch hunt.
‘Just like with every other hoax that President Trump has been targeted with, there is no crime, except for election interference through weaponization of our justice system against President Trump and his supporters.’
Bragg’s office and McDougal’s lawyer hadn’t commented on the latest development on Thursday afternoon.
American Media Inc, the owner of the National Enquirer, paid $150,000 to McDougal in 2016 for exclusive rights to the story about her alleged affair with Trump, which he denies. But the purchase was a ‘catch and kill’ tactic to prevent the story being made public.
Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker (far right) is shown trying to hide from the press as he leaves the Lefkowitz State Office Building on Monday after giving testimony
The Federal Election Commission later ruled that the company and its former president, David Pecker, struck the deal with Trump officials in order to suppress the story and ‘prevent it from influencing the election’.
The FEC ruling detailed how Pecker and AMI met with Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen to help make negative stories about Trump and his relationships go away.
And it concluded that AMI ‘coordinated’ with the Trump campaign in paying $150,000 to McDougal. Pecker gave evidence to the Trump grand jury on Monday.