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.
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.
“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.
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.”