Donald Trump’s lawyers say the former president’s “knees won’t bend” and there is “zero” chance he will accept a plea deal in the face of historic criminal charges.
In an interview with Sky News’ US partner NBC News, Joe Tacopina said his clients were “ready to fight” and would not be “hiding” at his exclusive Mar-a- Lago Golf Resort.
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The 76-year-old president is the first former US president to face criminal charges in court despite his attempt to retake the White House from Joe Biden in 2024.
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The Republican tycoon has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly criticized the investigation led by Democratic District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling the indictment a “witch hunt.”
Asked whether the former president would take a plea deal, Mr Tacopina said: “Zero, zero. First of all, I’m not going to take a plea deal for anything.
“But President Trump is not going to accept a plea deal in this situation. It’s not going to happen. No crime.”
He added: “His knee is not bent. So I think he’s ready to fight it now.”
Mr Tacopina said he was not “particularly” aware of the nature of the charges against Trump, but added that the indictment “revolves around a legal, very general non-disclosure agreement signed years ago”.
“That’s just the thing that really makes this shocking,” he added.
He argued that the decision to prosecute Trump would have “widespread consequences” and “jeopardize the rule of law for all Americans.”
“Today it’s Donald Trump, tomorrow it’s a Democrat, the day after tomorrow it’s your friend, the day after tomorrow it’s you or me,” he told NBC.
A spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said prosecutors had contacted Trump’s defense team to coordinate the surrender.