Bail is a particular type of bond in which the defendant submits an upfront payment that will be held until he returns to court, but there's no indication Trump was asked to post bail.
there is a discussion about what "but there's no indication" means, including:
Isn't posting bail generally a matter of public knowledge? We often hear about person X was released wrt case Y for Z amount of money. Which would bolster this answer.
Generally yes, it's disclosed to the public. I just don't know if it's legally required to be disclosed, or whether the judge has discretion. Law is weird...
Chuckles that Politics SE would think Law is weird aside, this has piqued my curiosity.
Christie is a former US attorney with extensive experience in arraignments for corruption and similar crimes, and would be keenly aware of the difference between bond and bail. Further, the "out on bail" statement was made on national television amidst a discussion on truth and honesty in politics.
And yet I can't tell if the "out on bail" assertion is true, false, or currently unknowable with any certainty.
Question: Can defendants arraigned in federal court sometimes be "out on bail" secretly with no way for the public to know about or verify the bail?