It’s an image many have wished and prayed for since Donald Trump first descended an escalator at Trump Tower in June of 2016 and formally announced he would be running for president: The Donald in handcuffs.
That image could well become a reality next week, according to a report from Fox News which suggests the Secret Service may allow the ex-president to be placed in handcuffs and processed, complete with fingerprints and mug shots.
According to Mediaite, that news came from Fox anchor John Roberts.
“Now, when we are learning that the Manhattan DA’s office has asked for a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a potential Trump indictment, this is coming to Fox News from a source in the courts,” Roberts began, adding:
The meeting, which was requested yesterday and has not been set yet, is to discuss logistics for sometime next week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment next week. Same sources familiar with the planning said they will go over security preparations in and around the courthouse in lower Manhattan.
Secret Service will take the lead in what they will allow or will not allow, the source cautioned, mentioning, for instance, that the decision to handcuff the president, a former president or not, they will set the tone and will escort him into the courtroom.
The source believes that the former president will still have to be fingerprinted and processed like every other defendant. So this is a huge development. If Alvin Bragg has decided to go ahead with a felony indictment of the former president, this was a charge that the federal officials refused to prosecute on or even really pursue.
This was a misdemeanor in New York that Alvin Bragg has decided to elevate to a felony while at the same time downgrading other felonies to misdemeanors. So we’ll be watching this to see how it all unfold to get more information as it comes in.
Trump in handcuffs doing the perp walk. Even if he’s tried and found innocent, that image would haunt him for the rest of his life.
Fingers crossed. Maybe for once Fox will actually be right about something.