New York Post

‘Busting’ Trump ‘Question of cuffs’

- By BEN KESSLEN and VICTOR NAVA Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner

Law-enforcemen­t agencies and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will meet next week to discuss how to handle a potential indictment against former President Donald Trump — including whether or not he should be handcuffed, ac- cording to a report.

It is believed that Trump, 76, will need to be fingerprin­ted and processed like any other defendant should he be indicted, but the Secret Service

“will take the lead in what they will allow or will not allow,” including the decision on whether to handcuff him, a source inside the New York court system told Fox News Friday.

Three sources told The Post Wednesday that if an indictment is sought for the hush money allegedly paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, it could come down as soon as next week.

District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, law enforcemen­t and Secret Service are expected to coordinate on how to secure Manhattan Criminal Court should Trump be charged, according to Fox News, and the court will defer to the Secret Service and Bragg on what accommodat­ions Trump may receive.

“The battle will be between Secret Service and DA Alvin Bragg. They will decide how and when he’ll get into the building, and they are not going to leave him,” the source said.

Local, state and federal authoritie­s also told NBC News that cops and security agencies are actively planning for Trump’s possible indictment — and the reaction to it.

The possible counts would make Trump the first current or ex-president in US history to face criminal charges. New York prosecutor­s have hinted Trump is likely to face criminal charges over the payments. Daniels met with Manhattan prosecutor­s for the first time Wednesday, agreeing to be a witness for Bragg.

Five senior officials told NBC News that the interagenc­y planning meetings are precaution­ary and do not mean Trump is guaranteed to be indicted.

The talks are happening among the NYPD, New York state court officers, the Secret Service, the FBI and the DA’s Office, the network said.

Trump will cooperate with law enforcemen­t if he is indicted, his lawyer told The Post Friday.

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