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Trump wants to be handcuffed for court appearance in Stormy Daniels case, sources say

  • Trump wants to be handcuffed for court appearance in Stormy Daniels case, sources say
    People close to former president said to be unsure whether he is serious about wanting to do a perp walk Trump wants to be handcuffed for court appearance in Stormy Daniels case, sources say
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People close to former president said to be unsure whether he is serious about wanting to do a perp walk

Donald Trump has told advisers that he wants to be handcuffed when he makes an appearance in court, if he is indicated by a Manhattan grand jury for his role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, multiple sources close to the former president have said.

The former president has reasoned that since he would need to go to the courthouse and surrender himself to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot anyway, the sources said, he might as well turn everything into a “spectacle”.

Trump's increasing insistence that he wants to be handcuffed behind his back for a perp walk appears to come from various motivations, including that he wants to project defiance in the face of what he sees as an unfair prosecution and that it would galvanize his base for his 2024 presidential campaign.

Manhattan has started and stopped its investigation into Donald Trump's hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels so many times that it has come to be known as a "zombie case" like the mythical character who returns from the dead.

A grand jury of New Yorkers is expected to decide within days whether to bring charges against the former president for his role in a $130,000 payment his former lawyer Michael Cohen made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.