NYC Mayor Says Rikers Island Will Be ‘Ready’ If Donald Trump Gets Prison Time

NYC Mayor Says Rikers Island Will Be ‘Ready’ If Donald Trump Gets Prison Time

If Donald Trump is arrested again for contempt of court, the New York City Department of Corrections will be “prepared” for his incarceration, according to Mayor Eric Adams.

At the former president’s criminal trial in Manhattan, Judge Juan Merchan ordered Trump to pay a total of $10,000. for repeatedly violating a silence order that prohibited him from publicly discussing witnesses and jurors in the case.

Following Tuesday’s explosive testimony from former adult film actress Stormy Daniels, some wondered whether Trump, 77, might violate the order once again and face prison time as a result.

New York Mayor Eric Adams.
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Asked about the possibility of the former president’s incarceration if he violated the silence order again, Adams, 63, told reporters that New York corrections officers are “professionals,” adding: “They will be ready”, according to Katherine Doyle, NBC News reporter.

Trump’s Secret Service also reportedly prepared for the possibility that the former president could be imprisoned. CBS News reports that Secret Service agents would most likely have contact with Trump in an isolated cell, where they would check his food and personal items.

Fears that Trump could violate the silence order for an 11th time come after explosive testimony from Daniels, who spoke under oath Tuesday (May 7) about an alleged affair she had with the reality TV star in 2006.

A courtroom sketch of Stormy Daniels testifying at Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan, May 7, 2024.

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The former adult film actress, 45, took the stand in Manhattan as part of Trump’s trial on 34 counts of falsifying business records, which come with a broader implication of interference election based on alleged attempts to suppress information from voters.

In his testimony, Daniels claimed that Trump did not wear a condom when the two allegedly had sex, and that he said, “Oh, that was great, let’s meet up, honey” once it was finished.

Before Daniels’ testimony, Trump blasted on social media the decision to allow a witness to testify, although he did not specifically name Daniels.

Writing on Truth Social that he had “recently been told who today’s witness was,” Trump added: “This is unprecedented, the lawyers don’t have time to prepare.” »

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Trump also attacked the judge overseeing the trial, writing: “No judge has ever conducted a trial in such a biased and partisan manner. It is TWISTED AND VERY CONFLICT, even taking away my first amendment rights. Now he threatens me with prison and them. HAVE NO CASE – This according to virtually all lawyers and experts, why is the fake media not reporting his conflict? »

The former president deleted the post minutes later.

Donald Trump sits in Manhattan Criminal Court on May 7, 2024.


Since the trial began, Trump has attacked Michael Cohen – his former personal lawyer, who is expected to be a witness at the trial – and posted articles about the jury on Truth Social.

On Tuesday, April 30, Judge Merchan finally found Trump in contempt of Manhattan Criminal Court for violating the order, ordering him to pay $9,000 in fines ($1,000 for each violation) and warning him that he would receive a “prison sentence”. for future violations.

On Monday, May 6, Merchan found Trump in violation of the silence order for the tenth time, fining him $1,000 and again threatening him with prison time.

“Mr. Trump, it’s important that you understand, the last thing I want to do is put you in jail,” Merchan said in court, according to CNN. “You are the former president of the United States and perhaps the next president as well.”

“The magnitude of this decision is not lost on me, but ultimately I have a job to do,” he added. “While I don’t want to impose prison time…I want you to understand that I will do so if necessary and appropriate.” »