Tight security in Miami ahead of Trump’s arrival to testify in classified document handling case
Authorities in Miami and Miami-Dade County are preparing a heavy operation for the arrival this Monday of former U.S. President Donald Trump, who tomorrow, Tuesday, will appear in a Miami federal court for the classified document handling case.
The mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, said Monday at a press conference that as part of the security arrangements put in place some adjacent streets will be closed The court building and federal offices located in downtown Miami, in the vicinity of which dozens of journalists and cameramen have been stationed for days.
Suarez said that there have been no threats of any kind and that the local police are mindful of the call for protests by supporters and opponents. of the former president for this Tuesday, about which he defended the right to protest but asked that they be carried out in a peaceful manner.
“Getting ready to go to Doral in Miami. We must all be STRONG and DEFEAT the communists, Marxists and radical leftist lunatics that are systematically destroying our Country. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump wrote this morning on his social network Truth, before boarding a plane for South Florida.
Trump will talk about the prosecution against him this Monday at 22.00 GMT exclusively with Americano Media, the first Hispanic media outlet to interview him after special prosecutor Jack Smith indicted him on 37 criminal charges.
For its part, the U.S. Secret Service, in charge of ensuring the security of former presidents, had unsuccessfully suggested to Trump to travel on Tuesday morning. The Miami-Dade County Police, where Miami is located, has expressed itself in the same line, after adding that so far they have not received any request from federal authorities to provide security support.
From the Trump National Doral Miami, the former president (2017-2021) will leave tomorrow for the courthouse, which he will access through a subway tunnel and where he will be fingerprinted by U.S. Marshals, local NBC 6 reported Monday, and is expected in the courtroom, Trump to plead not guilty.
After the court hearing, which according to some Miami media will be presided over by federal magistrate Jonathan Goodman, and not by Aileen Cannon, a Trump-appointed judge, the former president will immediately board a plane to New Jersey where he is scheduled for a fundraising event for his presidential campaign.
As U.S. media report, among the demonstrations called for this Tuesday outside the courthouse is one organized by an affiliate of the extreme right-wing group Proud Boyssome of whose members have been found guilty for their role in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
37 criminal charges
At this Tuesday’s hearing, special prosecutor Jack Smith’s team will formally present the 37 criminal charges with which Trump has been charged, according to the indictment unsealed last Friday related to the classified documents found by the FBI in his Florida home in 2022.
The unprecedented indictment, which comes in the midst of the former president’s Republican primary campaign for a return to the White House, has been criticized not only by Trump, who alleges to be victim of “a witch hunt”but by figures in the Republican Party and aspirants to the nomination such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Trump himself, the front-runner in the Republican primary, called the accusation “ridiculous” and “unfounded” during weekend events in North Carolina and Georgia.