Former President Donald Trump might have beaten two impeachment attempts, but unfortunately, he’s not out of the woods from a legal perspective, as a New York prosecutor is still actively seeking to hamstring the 45th president on a variety of finance-related charges.
According to the Washington Examiner, if the prosecutor makes headway and secures an indictment against Trump, it could develop into an odd situation as the former president could be “imprisoned” in the state of Florida, in the sense that if he is, in fact, indicted on charges in New York while residing in Florida, there’s a chance that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) could get involved and deny any extradition attempts.
Former Justice Department official and FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann described the potential scenario in a recent MSNBC interview, explaining that if Trump were to be indicted, he may not be able to travel without being subject to extradition laws, which virtually locks him into staying in Florida — even in the case of a run for the presidency in 2024.
“If he went overseas, if he went to any other state, he would be subject to those laws, and so he would really have to stay in Florida,” Weissman said.
“It certainly would be quite an interesting issue if he were to, for instance — this is way down the road — but if he were to try and run again for president, he would not be inhabiting the White House in that situation because there would be papers seeking his extradition to New York,” he added.
Currently, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is leading the charge against prosecuting the former president on a variety of money-related charges. The attorney has reportedly hinted that he’ll retire before the end of 2021 and there have been some rumors that indictments could happen before that time.
It becomes tricky for DeSantis, should he provide cover for the former president, as it would hamper Florida’s ability to request extradition from other states, with Weissman adding that if Florida “were to sort of play games with this,” that other states could retaliate.
On the other hand, given that Trump has heavily hinted that DeSantis could be his vice presidential running mate in 2024, it wouldn’t be surprising if DeSantis became involved, should any New York indictments and extradition request actually come to fruition.
Only time will tell how everything plays out, as there are many variables that could affect the outcome, but technically speaking, there now exists the reality of a hypothetical situation where Trump makes a run for the presidency while remaining in Florida.