Former president won’t resist surrender

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Joe Tacopina waves as he arrives for a news conference in Bologna, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. A group of North Americans led by New York lawyer Joe Tacopina were presented Thursday as the new owners of Italy's cash-strapped Serie B soccer club Bologna. Tacopina was named club president and Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo is a large investor. Tacopina, who represents New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in his drug case, resigned from his position on Roma's board to pursue the Bologna deal. (AP Photo/Gianfilippo Oggioni)

Donald Trump will not resist surrendering to New York authorities following his indictment Thursday by a Manhattan grand jury investigating a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and the former president will not consider a plea deal if offered, his attorney said Friday.

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Attorney Joe Tacopina, appearing on NBC’s Today, said the former president was initially “shocked” when notified of the grand jury’s action late Thursday but “put a notch on his belt” and vowed to challenge the criminal case – the first prosecution of a former president in U.S. history.

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“He decided we have to fight it out,” Tacopina said

Tacopina said lawyers have not been briefed on the specific nature of the charges or their number.

“We don’t know what the charges are,” he said, though he believed they centered on the $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign to silence her about an affair years earlier.

Stormy Daniels, an adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is central to the case Manhattan prosecutors are building against former President Donald Trump.

Trump has denied the affair and any wrongdoing.

“So, it’s nothing more than than, which makes this shocking,” the attorney said.

Tacopina said logistics of Trump’s surrender are still being worked out, but it is tentatively planned for Tuesday.

“He’s not gonna hole up in Mar-a-Lago,” the attorney said. “So, he’ll face it and we’ll face it, and we’ll be successful, I’m sure.”

Mar-A-Lago, former President Donald Trump's residence on Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Palm Beach, FL. On Thursday, a grand jury in Manhattan voted to indict Trump in connection with an alleged payment of hush money to adult actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.


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