The Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into the former president is reaching its final stages and an obscure extradition clause in Florida law could benefit Trump if he’s indicted.
In Florida’s statute on interstate extradition, the state’s governor has the power to intervene over whether an indicted ‘person ought to be surrendered’ to law enforcement officials from another state, Politico revealed.
That means if Trump gets charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance – who is probing the former president’s business practices – it would be in the hands of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close Trump friend and ally, to decide if Trump should be handed over to New York authorities.
Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., where Trump lives in his Mar-a-Lago club, are preparing for a possible indictment coming down from New York.
And they’re discussing how to how to handle the thorny extradition issue that could come from it, two sources close to the matter told the news outlet.