If you are visiting New York in the coming days, expect road closures and barricades as the city prepares for the surrender of former President Donald Trump to prosecutors ahead of his arrest and arraignment on Tuesday.
Metal barricades have been placed around Trump Tower, where the disgraced former president is expected to stay, and roads have been blocked in the downtown area near the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse as the city braces for potential protests as well as celebrations relating to the historic event.
The former president is expected to be arraigned at the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, following his indictment by a grand jury in a probe relating to hush money paid to a porn star.
Trump, the first president to be impeached twice by Congress, will become the first current or former U.S. president to face criminal charges. He has described the probe as a political witch hunt and some top GOP supports plan to go to New York on Tuesday to protest the arrest.
Meanwhile, the New York Police Department has said that there are no credible threats against the city although some individuals on social media have called for the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, and the members of the grand jury that indicted Trump, to be executed, according to the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors some information. After Trump falsely continued to claim that he had won the last presidential election in the days leading up to the electoral college count, which was to be led by Vice President Mike Pence, who was on the Republican ticket with Trump, his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, some engaging in “conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding” that would stop the count of the electoral college ballots and spark a deadly riot.
Over 1,000 people have been charged and arrested with the attack on the capital. The charges include seditious conspiracy (a form of sedition, in which an individual has conspired against the authority or legitimacy of the state), attacking a member of the media, entering a restricted area, and destruction of government property, among others.
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