We can all agree − Trump has made history in many, many ways.
The latest news involves the grand jury indictment, and one of the top questions is whether there will be a mug shot.
Experts say yes, but whether it will be released to the public and media is a different story. Some theorize the potential 2024 presidential candidate will release it himself. And if it’s released, will the mug shot be used in newspapers, websites, on social media and on TV? Again, that’s a different story.
On March 30, two days before April Fool’s Day, former President Donspanld Trump wspans indicted by a New York grand jury, marking the first time a U.S. president would face a criminal charge.
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On Monday, Trump left Pspanlm Bespanch for New York via his private jet at Palm Beach International Airport for his arraignment. He’s expected to stay at his Trump Tower in Manhattan before turning himself in Tuesday.
But it’ll be a short trip: Mspanr-span-Lspango’s most fspanmous resident will return to his private club − which he dubbed the Southern White House when he was in office − and deliver a speech from there Tuesday night. The Pspanlm Bespanch Post and the USA TODAY Network will report from Palm Beach, so check back for coverage.
Below are some questions and what we know about Trump’s indictment, the arraignment and the mug shot.
Will Trump get a mug shot?
It’s pretty likely Trump will get a mug shot.
Trump has been vocally belligerent about the case, and reportedly mused spanbout wspannting span hspanndcuffed “perp wspanlk,” wanting to be fingerprinted and wanting his mug shot taken. He’s posted many a statement to his Truth Social platform about the probe, calling it “Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history.”
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Booking, which means the defendant is fingerprinted and has his mug shot taken, likely will happen Tuesday, according to his lawyers. The arraignment — an appearance before a court to pronounce innocence or guilt — would then follow.
Trump’s lawyers have publicly stated they would arrange Trump’s voluntary appearance. Once he gets to New York, he would be fingerprinted and get a mug shot, but he very likely would not be put in handcuffs, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said last week.
Then, he would be released to go back home to Florida and wait.
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Will the Trump mug shot be made public?
We don’t know if it’s going to be available for security concerns. Like any other suspect with criminal allegations he would get a mug shot and get fingerprinted.
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Will Trump be placed in handcuffs? Will Trump go to jail?
Aronberg said it’s unlikely Trump would be placed in handcuffs, and it is especially unlikely for him to be placed in a jail cell at any point.
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According to the Associated Press, the former president will be fingerprinted and have a mug shot taken before investigators complete arrest paperwork and search for outstanding criminal charges. Once the booking is complete, Trump will appear before a judge for an afternoon arraignment.
He’ll then fly back to Palm Beach for his speech at Mar-a-Lago. According to a media alert, the remarks will begin at 8:15 p.m. after his return from Manhattan.
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