Trump says wants to be handcuffed if indicted in Stormy Daniels case: report
Trump's plan is based on off-the-record sources, but the former president has said he's OK with looking like a martyr.
Former President Donald Trump reportedly said he wants to be handcuffed when he appears in court if indicted by a Manhattan district attorney on federal charges related to a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
If Trump is indicted, he would need to surrender to New York authorities for fingerprinting and a mugshot, so he would turn the process into a "spectacle," The Guardian reported Wednesday, citing multiple sources close to Trump.
Trump reportedly rejected suggestions to make a remote court appearance or quietly turn himself in over concerns that he could appear weak.
Trump said over the weekend that he would boldly enter the courthouse and he was not even concerned if someone shot him, because then he could become "a martyr" and would likely win the 2024 presidential election, the outlet also said.
It is also unclear how serious Trump is about being handcuffed, but in a similar story Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Trump has privately said he "welcomes the idea of being paraded by the authorities before a throng of reporters and news cameras."
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg could avoid the likely media circus by deciding against handcuffing Trump and not allowing him to walk past the cameras.
The case focuses on $130,000 paid by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Daniels during the 2016 campaign.