- Trump said privately in Mar-a-Lago that he was looking forward to doing the criminal walk, according to The New York Times.
- Trump also wondered aloud if he should smile at reporters and cameras if he was charged.
- However, it is unlikely that he will be handcuffed or have to take a criminal walk.
Behind closed doors at his Mar-a-Lago residence, former President Donald Trump told his friends and associates that he wouldn’t mind being paraded in front of a crowd of reporters in New York, The New York Times reported.
Trump even thought about what kind of behavior of him would best appeal to the public, and whether he should smile for the cameras when he is taken away by the authorities, Michael Bender and Maggie Haberman of The Times reported.
The Times also reported that in private conversations, Trump described the criminal walk, in which an arrested suspect makes his way through a crowd of reporters, as a potentially enjoyable experience.
One person close to Trump told The Times that Trump is not as concerned about being seen turning himself in to authorities, but wants to show people that he is not ashamed or hiding.
However, a criminal’s walk is unlikely to happen if Trump is charged with a crime.
Bill Pickle, a former Secret Service special agent, told Insider’s Laura Italiano that the outlaw walk that Trump is looking forward to will not take place. According to Pickle, the process of his detention by the authorities is likely to be a much more “secular event” than one might imagine.
“You’re not going to expose him to people who could harm him,” Pickles said.
He also won’t be handcuffed, Manhattan defense attorney Ron Kuby told Insider. In the event of an emergency when Trump faces danger, the handcuffs could limit his mobility.
Another explanation for the muted procession is that the handcuffs could anger Trump supporters, Kuby said.
However, some normal protocols will be followed. If Trump is indicted, he will be photographed for a photo shoot, fingerprinted and swabbed for the state DNA database, insider experts told Insider.
Despite this looming accusation, Trump appears to be minding his own business without disturbing his routine. The Times reported that he was seen riding his golf cart and that he also DJed at a party held at his Florida residence.
On Tuesday — the day Trump previously said he would be arrested — he stopped in Mar-a-Lago and checked his polls, his lawyer Joe Tacopina told Insider’s Jacob Shamsian. Trump was not arrested or charged on Tuesday.
“He goes about his normal business, does what he does, enjoying the fact that he seems to be climbing up the rankings as this business gains momentum,” Tacopina said.
Tacopina also said that Trump would turn himself in if he was charged.
“They want him at 100 Central Street? He’ll be there, loud and proud,” Tacopina said on Monday, referring to the Manhattan Criminal Court.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating whether Trump paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels and whether New York violated election and paperwork laws. Trump could face up to four years in prison if found guilty.
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment sent after business hours.