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Imagine this scenario: Former President Donald Trump boards his private plane and leaves the US to resume his international business dealings in Russia. The day after Trump lands in Moscow on a bright September afternoon, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announces a grand jury has formally indicted the former president on several criminal counts. Vance wants Trump to immediately return.
But the US and Russia have no extradition treaty or formal process through which a wanted person is arrested. Since Trump would be on Russian soil in this scenario, he would be under no legal obligation to cooperate with the US government. Trump then could petition Russian President Vladimir Putin for political asylum. Russian officials could agree to entertain Trump’s application, which would trigger an international standoff between two countries with an already fraught relationship.
Such a scenario is so extreme that it seemingly borders on the absurd.