What If Florida’s Pro-Trump Governor Fights Trump’s Extradition to New York?

Palm Beach authorities are preparing in case former President Donald Trump is indicted by the New York District Attorney.

Florida authorities think there’s a possibility that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could mount a case against Trump, now that the New York investigation is reaching its final stages. 

Recently, a grand jury has been convened to consider evidence in a potential case against the former president and his company.

Nevertheless, a clause in Florida’s statute on interstate extraction allows Governor Ron DeSantis, one of Trump’s biggest supporters, to intervene.

DeSantis could step in and investigate whether Trump ought to be surrendered if indicted by another state. His influence could possibly derail the indictment. 

“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” says Joe Abruzzo, clerk of the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County.

Trump is currently in Bedminster, New Jersey. He is located at his hotel, where he plans to stay there for the next couple of months. 

A Make America Great Again Super PAC gathering will take place in Bedminster and Trump is expected to participate.

Corey Lewandoski, a 2016 campaign manager for the president, will run this event, which also marks Trump’s first official appearance at the club this season.

The fundraiser includes a reception and a dinner, with an entry fee of $250,000. 

Pro-Trump fundraisers and visits from candidates seeking his endorsement will likely be temporarily moved from Florida to New Jersey. 

Jersey indictment? 

If Trump were indicted while he is in New Jersey it would be a much simpler process, considering N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy is a Democrat.

Extradition from New Jersey works similarly to Florida. Still, Murphy is less sympathetic to Trump and is less likely to intervene.

According to a statement, Vance plans to retire by the end of 2021.

Vance will likely want to close out all of the pending investigations run by his office, including Trump’s alleged banking and tax fraud.