It’s all-hands-on-deck for the New York Police Department and Metro Police Department as all officers on Tuesday are expected to be in uniform, ready for anything in the wake of a potential indictment coming down against former President Donald Trump.
Officials in New York City and Washington, D.C. are preparing for unrest and demonstrations after the former president told his supporters to ‘protest, protest, protest’ any imminent action against him by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in his case involving hush money payments Trump made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump, 76, said last week that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, but a law enforcement official told DailyMail.com that an indictment is not expected until Wednesday at the earliest.
A NYPD internal memo obtained by CNN shows that all officers are to be in uniform and prepared for deployment on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Daniels’ is also beefing up her security after her attorney said that she received concerning messages, including some threatening her life.
All NYPD officers were put on notice Tuesday to be in uniform and ready for deployment should there be any unrest associated with a potential Trump indictment, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN. Pictured: New York officers wait for instruction outside the courthouse on Tuesday, March 21 amid anticipated indictment of Trump
Reporters post up outside Trump Tower in New York City as law enforcement brace for unrest in NYC and DC in anticipation of an indictment or arrest of the former president
Law enforcement officials tell CNN that there are currently no credible threats in New York even though Tuesday is a ‘high alert day.’
Washington Metro police are also preparing for protests, but the U.S. Capitol Police ‘is not currently tracking any direct or credible threats to the US Capitol,’ a department intelligence assessment obtained by CNN notes.
NYPD is the largest police department in the country, with roughly 36,000 current officers and 19,000 civilian employees. The memo this week suggests that all 36,000 officers are expected to be in uniform and on standby for deployment on Tuesday.
Many lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle have said no one wants a repeat of January 6 – with Republicans claiming they don’t expect the demonstrations to turn violent, but warned instead of a ‘political circus’ surrounding any potential indictment.
On Monday afternoon, the NYPD met with the U.S. Secret Service and the chief of public safety for state court officers.
Their session wrapped up at NYPD headquarters late on Monday afternoon, with a decision to ramp up security around the courthouse starting Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official told DailyMail.com.
However, the source said the indictment itself is not expected until Wednesday, at the earliest, and that Trump likely wouldn’t come to New York until early next week.
‘They had their meeting and discussed a whole bunch of stuff about putting extra lighting out there, how they’re going to put more barriers out there, and send their special response teams in,’ the official said.
Donald Trump on Monday night published a video to Truth Social, condemning the ‘witch hunt’ against him. He said over the weekend that he expects to be arrested Tuesday, but a law enforcement source told DailyMail.com they don’t expect an indictment to come down until Wednesday at the earliest
All 36,000 NYPD officers were put on notice to be in uniform and ready for deployment on Tuesday in anticipation of an imminent indictment against Trump. Pictured: NYPD and NY State Court Police patrol the courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday, March 21
‘The NYPD is going to do what they do when the United Nations comes into town, with stepped up security,’ they added. ‘But they don’t even think it’s going to happen this week.’
‘The indictment may happen, but they don’t think Trump comes this week. I’m told there’s an additional witness who is going to testify on Wednesday, so if there’s an indictment it’s not going to happen until Wednesday or Thursday, so they think he probably comes next week.’
Trump declared he is the victim of a ‘Stormy ”Horse Face” Daniels extortion plot’, saying he’s being targeted by a series of ‘horrible radical left Democrat ‘ investigations.
Daniels is feeling the effects of Trump’s possible looming arrest amid his attacks on her.
Her attorney Clark Brewster told TMZ that Daniels received ‘vitriolic messages’ on social media and is taking extra security precautions – though he did not share specifics out of fear of tipping off someone who might want to cause her harm.
Some public comments online include those calling the porn star a ‘worthless wh**e’ and ‘degenerate prostitute’ who they claim ‘should be in prison’ for ‘extortion.’
NYPD is seen preparing for a possible arrest of Donald Trump by setting up barricades near the court house on Monday
Trump’s lawyer said the former president continues to deny the substance of the allegations of a sexual relationship with Stormy Daniels – calling the $130,000 hush money a ‘nuisance payment’ that wealthy or famous people sometimes use to make a distracting situation disappear
Trump supporters are pictured outside Trump Tower on Monday after the ex-president called for his base to ‘protest, protest, protest’ his imminent arrest and indictment
The former president – who believes he is on the cusp of being arrested this week – told his supporters he would protect them during a riled-up post on Truth Social.
He warned: ‘They are not coming after me – they are coming after you. I’m just standing in their way. And I always will stand in their way.’
Trump is expected to be arrested this week in Manhattan, as a grand jury investigating hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels wrap up their deliberations.
Meanwhile, police forces across the US were making preparations for potential unrest if the former president is arrested.
Trump’s arrest is believed to be imminent because he was offered the chance this week to speak to the grand jury about the $130,000 payments, made just before the election, but declined to testify.
Trump’s lawyers have enlisted Robert Costello, who previously advised Trump ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen, to testify against Cohen and attempt to damage Cohen’s version of events.
Cohen made the payment to Daniels, and was sent to prison for campaign finance violations. He has now turned against Trump.
Trump confirmed Costello had testified.
‘It is being said that disbarred lawyer Michael Cohen was put out to dry today after his highly respected former attorney and legal adviser, Robert Costello, made a great impression not only on the D.A.’s Office, but the grand jury itself,’ Trump wrote.
‘He is known to be a great lawyer and highly honorable man. He stated to the media that he could no longer listen to the lies that Cohen was spreading. He told the TRUTH, with papers, documents, and backup. He left ZERO doubt.
‘THE D.A. WILL DO THE RIGHT THING!’
A Trump supporter on Monday is arrested outside West Palm Beach library: protesters need a permit to be on county property
A Trump supporter is seen outside his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday in Florida
Trump supporters are seen on Monday at Mar-a-Lago
Anti-Trump protesters called for the former president’s arrest Monday in a demonstration outside the offices of the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg
Donald Trump attends The Palm Event at his home and residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, March 19
Trump on Monday night listed what he saw as the unfair investigations into him and his government, and vowed to fight back.
He said: ‘These four horrible radical left Democrat investigations of your all-time favorite president – me – is just a continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country.
‘It’s gone on forever, with Russia, Russia, Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, and the Mueller hoax. It’s an absolute disgrace what’s going on. They even spied on my campaign.
‘And remember this: with all of the work that they did on Mueller – no collusion. That’s what the answer was. It was all, no collusion.’
Trump told his supporters he was being attacked by ‘sick’ prosecutors determined to bring him down, insisting he was seen as a threat to Democrat power and needed to be stopped.
The former president added: ‘Whether it’s the Mar-a-Lago raid, or the unselect committee hoax, the perfect Georgia phone call – it was absolutely perfect – or the Stormy ‘Horse Face’ Daniels extortion plot, they are all sick.
‘And it’s fake news. Our enemies are desperate to stop us because they know that we are the only ones who can stop them.
‘And they know it, very strongly. And they are looking at the polls where, not me, but we, are up by so much. They can’t even believe it.’
DailyMail.com exclusively reported that the ex-president’s hush money payments to Stormy Daniels were meant to keep the news from reaching his wife and former first lady Melania Trump.
‘Trump was beside himself that Melania would find out the details of his indiscretion – an indiscretion with a porn star no less,’ a source close with the former president said. ‘He knew what the consequences could be and he would do whatever he could to keep a lid on it.’
Fuming Melania, now 52, spent several nights at a posh D.C. hotel to keep away from the White House when news broke in January 2018 alleging the then-president had paid the porn star to keep quiet about their one-night stand, sources tell DailyMail.com.
She then left Washington for West Palm Beach, Florida as her husband held court at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 18, 2018, an event the first lady was originally scheduled to attend.
It was just what Trump feared would happen when he arranged to pay Daniels, 44, the $130,000 in hush money 15 months earlier.
Still, the former first lady, now 52, opted for time away from her husband when the payoff to Daniels was reported by The Wall Street Journal in January 2018.
After the Wall Street Journal piece came out just one year into Trump’s presidency, a celebrity magazine then published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels where she talked about the 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada following a celebrity charity golf tournament.
The magazine had held on to the interview for seven years before publishing it.
‘It was upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump became strained,’ a source told DailyMail.com after news of the payment broke.
Trump, who declared in November that he was running for re-election in 2024, told his followers Monday night that they needed to return him to the White House.
Trump’s plane is seen parked at Palm Beach airport on Monday
Robert Fix shows his support for former President Donald Trump near his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday
Flags fly outside Mar-a-Lago on Monday, with an arrest believed to be imminent
He noted, correctly, that he is ahead of all others in the polls, beating both likely Republican challenger Ron DeSantis, and comfortably defeating Joe Biden, if he runs again.
‘We won twice, and now we have got to win a third time,’ said Trump. They know that we can defeat them. They know that we will defeat them. But they are not coming after me – they are coming after you.
‘I’m just standing in their way. And I always will stand in their way. Thank you very much.’
Trump’s spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, told Chris Cuomo on NewsNation on Monday night that it was ‘a get-Trump operation’.
‘It makes no logical sense, it makes no rational sense, and it certainly makes no legal sense,’ she said.
‘It’s a totally lawless operation.’
Harrington said taxpayer money was being used to ‘harass a political campaign’, and insisted he was innocent.
‘What they are doing here is perverting the law to try and take out a political opponent. And in the United States of America, we do not raid the homes of our presidents, and arrest our number one opponents.’
She said the U.S. was becoming ‘a Third World country’ by investigating Trump.
Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington spoke to Chris Cuomo on NewsNation on Monday night and said the investigation into Trump is ‘lawless’
Trump himself also called into a YouTube broadcast hosted by Pastors For Trump and told them that the future of the country hung in the balance.
He asked them to pray for the country, and help him return to the White House and ‘restore order’.
He said the country was in a perilous state, accusing Biden of being weak.
‘We have no leadership,’ he said.
‘We’re like a rudderless giant ship but the giant ship is heading to the bottom of the sea, if we don’t do something. But we’ll do it through prayer.’
Trump said that the Biden administration had hamstrung the United States and was placing it in grave danger – warning the country was at one of the most precarious moments in history.
‘We have to pray, and we have to do all of the things that we – we just have to get it going,’ he told the broadcast.
‘We have to make sure that our country remains strong: it’s not strong right now – we’ve never been in a position that few people have seen it in. I think it’s the most dangerous we’ve ever had.
‘We’ve never been in a position like this, with a leader that doesn’t know what he’s doing, a leader that truly has no clue.
‘And other leaders that are the absolute top of their game, when you look at China and Russia and Iran and all of these rather hostile places.’
Trump said that the country now is ruled by ‘a leader who is grossly incompetent, surrounded by vicious people.’
He said Biden’s team ‘don’t believe in our nation.’
He added: ‘I believe they have to hate our nation, with open borders, and all of the other things – they don’t want voter ID, they want high taxes, they want high interest rates. They want everything that they shouldn’t be wanting.’
Trump said he presided over an era of energy independence, low taxation, military renewal and deregulation.
Asked by Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer how he wanted the assembled supporters to pray for him, Trump said they should pray for the country.
‘I think the greatest thing I can ask for is a prayer for our country, for our safety,’ he said. This has been a horrible time for the United States of America.
‘Leadership has taken us in many, many bad directions and we’re a failing nation – right now, we are a failing nation. So the most important thing, I believe right now, is pray for the safety, security, and future success of our country – that is the thing I would ask you to pray for.’
Trump spoke as police forces were discussing how best to handle any unrest if Trump is arrested.
Protestors hold signs outside the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in New York on Monday
Workers prepare barricades around the Manhattan DA’s office on Monday