the former President Donald Trump Shots of his face were not taken when he Surrendered to authorities in Manhattan court But his lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said Tuesday 2024 Presidential Campaign A face photo is fundraising off a portrait.
His campaign sent out an email with a T-shirt featuring a black-and-white photo of Trump from the shoulder up to the date of his arrest. “Not guilty,” the caption reads.
Even if Trump had taken a mugshot of him, New York law prohibits law enforcement from releasing most mugshots publicly.
CBS News consultant Richard Esposito, a former deputy commissioner of the New York City Police Department, said it’s unusual for someone not to have their face photographed.
“In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find past cases like this in Manhattan,” he said.
There are many theories as to why it wasn’t done, he said, adding that if one was taken, a leaked photo could provide fodder for both the Trump campaign and his opponents.
Trump lawyer Alina Habba, who is representing the former president in other legal matters, told CNN on Monday that there was no need to photograph Trump’s face because “he’s the most recognizable face in the world, let alone the country.”
“Mugshots are for people so you can recognize who they are,” he said.
Trump, who denies wrongdoing, was Indicted by a grand jury on 34 counts Forgery of records in the first degree. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin BraggTrump’s office is being investigated for allegedly falsifying business records in connection with a $130,000 “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
— Graham Cates contributed to this report.
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