Palm Beach County prosecutor says Gov. Ron DeSantis can't stop Trump from getting extradited to New York if he's indicted

By Grace Panetta

Palm Beach County's top prosecutor threw cold water on the suggestion that Gov. Ron DeSantis could unilaterally block former President Donald Trump from getting extradited to New York to face potential criminal charges.

Politico Playbook first reported on May 13 that officials in Palm Beach, where Trump resides at his Mar-a-Lago resort, are drawing up "contingency plans" in the event that prosecutors in New York, particularly the Manhattan District Attorney's office, charge Trump with a crime and move to extradite him back to New York for prosecution. 

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg told CNN Newsroom on Sunday that he hasn't any conversations with his counterparts in New York about an extradition plan. 

"I can clear that up because I'm the state attorney for Palm Beach County. We have not had conversations with prosecutors in New York about this. The story that you saw was informal conversations with the clerk of courts and other local officials in case an indictment happens," Aronberg said.

Aronberg also pushed back on Politico's reporting that DeSantis could intervene and halt Trump from getting extradited back to New York altogether.

"So that's a conversation we're having: what is the governor's power? And the governor's power to stop an extradition is really non-existent," Aronberg said. "He can try to delay it, he can send it to a committee and do research about it, but his role is really ministerial, and ultimately the state of New York can go to court and get an order to extradite the former president. But DeSantis could delay matters." 

As Insider's Tom LoBianco reported in late April, Trump is expected to relocate to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, during the summer when his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach is closed. 

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The Manhattan District Attorney's office is conducting a wide-ranging probe into whether the Trump Organization and members of the Trump family may have engaged in various forms of tax, bank, and insurance fraud. 

Insider previously reported that Trump's team is far more concerned about the former president's risk of legal jeopardy from the investigation based out of Manhattan and a separate probe in Atlanta than the ongoing investigation from the Department of Justice into the January 6 Capitol riots.