CNN analyst John Miller broke the news last night that former President Donald Trump is facing 34 criminal counts of falsifying business records in the indictment against him.
Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina reacted to the fast-moving developments on Fox News, telling Sean Hannity that the former president was “shocked” by the indictment. He added that Trump learned about the indictment through media reports and not from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Tacopina appeared on other media outlets this morning:
As the New York Post reports:
“He’s ready to fight. You know, he’s the toughest guy I know. He was shocked, you know, because we really weren’t – I was shocked,” Tacopina said of Trump’s reaction to the indictment.
“I’ve never been more angry about a charge because today, the rule of law in the United States of America died. It’s dead. It’s dead,” Tacopina said.
Tacopina added that he believes the reports that Trump will be charged with over 30 counts of business fraud.
“They’ll take each check and make that a count, perhaps, and that’s how they’ll do it because the checks are paid to Cohen,” he explained.
Tacopina vowed to Hannity that Trump would win the case and Bragg would “pay the price.”
According to Fox News, Trump is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:15 p.m. in Merchan’s courtroom on the 15th floor at 100 Centre Street in New York City.
In addition to Trump’s personal attorney Joe Tacopina, a second source has confirmed that Trump has made arrangements with the district attorney’s legal team to surrender without handcuffs. Detectives with the DA’s office will handle the arrest.
Law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Secret Service, New York Police Department, FBI, New York State court officers, and the DA’s office will meet Friday afternoon to finalize details about the logistics and security of Trump’s arrest.
The Secret Service will determine how Trump is brought in, the source familiar said.
Trump issued a scathing statement following the news of the indictment.
“This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history,” Trump said. “From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats — the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country — have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”
“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,” Trump claimed. “Never before in our Nation’s history has this been done.”
“Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who was hand-picked and funded by George Soros, is a disgrace,” Trump said. “Rather than stopping the unprecedented crime wave taking over New York City, he’s doing Joe Biden’s dirty work, ignoring the murders and burglaries and assaults he should be focused on. This is how Bragg spends his time!”