As a Manhattan grand jury considers indicting former President Donald Trump as soon as next week, his attorney Joe Tacopina confirmed to the New York Daily News and Insider that he would concede to authorities without complication.
Manhattan investigators have been looking into Trump for allegedly sending $130,000 worth of hush money to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who accused Trump of having an affair with her in 2006. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
“We will follow normal procedure if it gets to that point,” Tacopina told Insider. Normal procedure for white-collar indictments means Trump would self-surrender to the district attorney’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan at a set date and time, without handcuffs, Insider previously reported.
“There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Tacopina told the Daily News.
Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws due to his involvement in the payment. Cohen spent a year behind bars before being released to spend the remainder of his three-year sentence from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tacopina’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.