It's all-hands-on-deck for the New York Police Department and Metro Police Department as all officers on Tuesday are expected to be in uniform, ready for anything in the wake of a potential indictment coming down against former President Donald Trump.
Officials in New York City and Washington, D.C., are preparing for possible unrest and demonstrations following the former president's plea to his supporters to 'protest, protest, protest' in response to a potential indictment handed down by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg involving hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump, 76, said last week that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, but a law enforcement official told DailyMail.com that an indictment is not expected until Wednesday at the earliest.
NYPD drive past Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan amid concerns about possible unrest in the event of an indictment against former President Donald Trump from the Manhattan District Attorney's office
Meanwhile, Trump supporters gathered outside his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday waving flags and signs in support of the former president and his third bid for the White House
An NYPD internal memo obtained by CNN shows that all officers are to be in uniform and prepared for deployment on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Daniels' is also beefing up her security after her attorney said she received concerning messages, including some threatening her life.
Law enforcement officials tell CNN there are currently no credible threats in New York even though Tuesday is a 'high alert day.'
Washington Metro police are also preparing for protests, but the U.S. Capitol Police 'is not currently tracking any direct or credible threats to the US Capitol,' a department intelligence assessment obtained by CNN notes.
NYPD is the largest police department in the country, with roughly 36,000 current officers and 19,000 civilian employees. This week's memo suggests that all 36,000 officers are expected to be in uniform and on standby for deployment on Tuesday.
Many lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle have said no one wants a repeat of January 6 – with Republicans claiming they don't expect the demonstrations to turn violent, but warned instead of a 'political circus' surrounding any potential indictment.
On Monday afternoon, the NYPD met with the U.S. Secret Service and the chief of public safety for state court officers with a decision to ramp up security around the courthouse starting Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official told DailyMail.com.
However, the source said the indictment is not expected until Wednesday, at the earliest, and that Trump likely wouldn't come to New York this week.
'They had their meeting and discussed a whole bunch of stuff about putting extra lighting out there, how they're going to put more barriers out there, and send their special response teams in,' the official said.
Trump's lawyer said the former president continues to deny the substance of the allegations of a sexual relationship with Stormy Daniels – calling the $130,000 hush money a 'nuisance payment' that wealthy or famous people sometimes use to make a distracting situation disappear
All 36,000 NYPD were put on notice to be in uniform and ready for deployment on Tuesday in anticipation of an indictment against former President Donald Trump. NYPD and NY State Court Police patrol the courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday, March 21.
NYPD officers on mopeds drove past Trump Tower in Manhattan amid concerns of unrest in the event an indictment is levied against the former president
Demonstrators draped in American garb and waving pro-Trump flags gathered in Palm Breach, Florida on Tuesday, March 21 to show their support for the ex-president
'The NYPD is going to do what they do when the United Nations comes into town, with stepped-up security,' they added. 'But they don't even think it's going to happen this week.'
'The indictment may happen, but they don't think Trump comes this week. I'm told there's an additional witness who is going to testify on Wednesday, so if there's an indictment, it's not going to happen until Wednesday or Thursday, so they think he probably comes next week.'
Trump declared he is the victim of a 'Stormy ''Horse Face'' Daniels extortion plot,' saying he's being targeted by a series of 'horrible radical left Democrat ' investigations.
Daniels is also feeling the effects of Trump's possible looming arrest as her attorney Clark Brewster told TMZ that her client received 'vitriolic messages' on social media and is taking extra security precautions. He did not share specifics out of fear of tipping off someone who might want to cause her harm.
Some public comments online include those calling the porn star a 'worthless wh**e' and 'degenerate prostitute' who they claim 'should be in prison' for 'extortion.'
Even as the New York investigation pushes toward conclusion, Trump faces a grand jury in Atlanta and a federal probe in Washington that, taken together, pose a significant legal risk for the former president.
During the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump insisted that he will remain in the 2024 presidential race even if he faces criminal charges in the ongoing investigations into his handling of White House documents and alleged 2020 election tampering.
Some demonstrators in New York City on Tuesday repeated claims from Trump and his high-profile Republican defenders claiming that DA Alvin Bragg is doing the work of liberal mega donor George Soros
A Trump supporter yells to surrounded media outside Trump Tower in NYC on Tuesday, March 21 amid speculation that Trump could be handed down an indictment this week from the Manhattan DA
Trump supporters are pictured outside Trump Tower on 5th Ave. on Monday after the ex-president called for his base to 'protest, protest, protest' his imminent indictment
Former President Donald Trump attended The Palm Event at his home and residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, March 19
Anti-Trump protesters also gathered in New York near the courthouse on Tuesday, with several holding a sign reading 'Trump is Guilty' – along with a photoshopped image of the ex-president behind bars in a black and white striped prison uniform
DailyMail.com exclusively reported that the ex-president's hush money payments to Stormy Daniels were meant to keep the news from reaching his wife and former first lady Melania Trump.
InTouch Weekly published a 2011 interview with Daniels in which she talked about a 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, after a celebrity golf tournament
'Trump was beside himself that Melania would find out the details of his indiscretion – an indiscretion with a porn star no less,' a source close with the former president said. 'He knew what the consequences could be and he would do whatever he could to keep a lid on it.'
After the Wall Street Journal piece came out just one year into Trump's presidency, a celebrity magazine then published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels where she talked about the 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada following a celebrity charity golf tournament.
The magazine held on to the interview for seven years before publishing it.
'It was upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump became strained,' a source told DailyMail.com after news of the payment broke.
'Trump was beside himself that Melania would find out the details of his indiscretion – an indiscretion with a porn star no less. He knew what the consequences could be and he would do whatever he could to keep a lid on it,' a source told DailyMail.com of why Trump wanted to keep the affair under wraps