Former US President Donald Trump raises his fist while walking towards his car outside Trump Tower in New York City on August 10, 2022.
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as donald trump The former president, who is weighing whether and when to announce his decision to run for a third time in the White House, faces a number of official investigations and civil lawsuits.
Some of these investigations have put Trump at risk of criminal sanctions. Others threaten his notebook.
It also remains to be seen whether they will hurt or help Trump with what many of his supporters expect and want for his candidacy in 2024.
Republican Trump has repeatedly called legal investigations by Democratic officials and supporters designed to sabotage him politically a “witch hunt.” he denied any wrongdoing.
Trump’s main legal challenges at the moment include:
Monday’s records review highlighted what could be the biggest legal threat to Trump. A team of FBI agents had raided his residence at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The raid was related to a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., investigating Trump over the removal of records from the White House when he resigned in January 2021.
In January 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration recovered 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-a-Lago. The agency said the documents should have been sent to NARA at the end of the Trump administration.
A month later, the National Archives revealed it had found documents marked “Classified National Security Information” in the box. The Justice Department issued a subpoena for these documents to the National Archives, he said in May.
FBI agents with search warrants went to Mar-a-Lago on Monday and seized about a dozen boxes from the residence, according to Trump’s attorney, who was in the New York area at the time. Its attorney, Christina Bob, said the agent was investigating possible violations of the Presidential Records Act and laws related to the handling of classified materials.
Department of Justice on Thursday filed a motion to unseal the search warrant Used by the FBI to search Trump’s home.
To obtain such a warrant, the FBI must show judges that there is a probable cause for a crime being committed and that the evidence they are seeking relates to that potential crime. must be
“Monday’s unprecedented and absolutely unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home is the latest and most egregious act of hostilities by the Biden administration, and the Department of Justice is threatening President Trump, his supporters, and staff. It’s been weaponized to harass,” a Trump spokesperson told NBC News. Thursday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani WillisThe office asked a special grand jury in Atlanta to investigate Trump and his many supporters in connection with an attempt to get Georgia officials to revoke President Joe Biden’s election victory. presents testimony.
Before the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday, some legal observers thought the Fulton County investigation was the most pressing threat of criminal prosecution against Trump. It may still be.
Willis, a Democrat in particular, is eyeing Trump calling Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021. During that conversation, the then-president asked Ravensperger to “find” Trump with over 11,700 votes to overturn the margin of defeat by Biden.
The DA is also investigating contacts made by Trump allies with state attorneys general and the federal chief attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
Willis had attorneys on the Trump campaign’s legal team file subpoenas for grand jury matters last month.former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, And a dozen so-called fake electors for Trump in Georgia.
Those voters set up a legal dispute in which Trump’s slate challenges the legitimacy of the electoral college delegates awarded to Biden for his victory in the popular vote in Georgia. gathered with the goal of
Another grand jury in Washington is gathering evidence and testimony related to Trump’s actions leading to a riot in the Capitol by a riot of his supporters who swarmed the halls of Congress to disrupt Biden’s approval of the election. increase.
Mr Trump, who had falsely claimed voter fraud was responsible for his election loss weeks before the riots, was not personally under criminal investigation in the case, NBC News said last week in a federal statement. citing officials.
But the grand jury issued a subpoena Former Trump White House Advisor Pat Cipollone Testifies at Investigationwith two aides to former Vice President Mike Pence.
A House panel that interviewed more than 1,000 people in connection with the riot investigation has begun holding a series of hearings describing Trump’s actions leading up to and during the attack on the Capitol.
Witnesses testified that Trump wanted to join the crowd outside the Capitol protesting Biden’s election after holding a rally of supporters outside the White House earlier in the day.
After being rejected in the attempt, Trump spent hours watching the attack on Congress unfold on television without taking steps to stop the mob, witnesses said.
“Donald Trump’s actions on January 6th…is a blot on our history,” said Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. He of the panel said at a July 22 hearing.
The commission cannot bring criminal or civil charges against Trump, but is expected to present its findings in its final report.
Trump and his allies, including a team of lawyers led by Giuliani, engaged in a wide-ranging effort to reverse Trump’s defeat to Biden in seven battleground states.
The Justice Department has taken note of these efforts, including a campaign to pressure Pence to refuse to prove Biden’s victory at the Joint Congress on Jan. 6. guaranteed that he would become president.
Federal agents have seized phone calls from three men who were talking to Trump when he was involved in an effort to reverse Biden’s victory.
Republican Rep. Scott Perry was robbed of his phone this week. Attorney John Eastman, who was one of the key architects of the plan to turn in fake electoral rolls for Trump, has previously called his phone, as has former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke. Confiscated.
Trump wanted to make Clark the Attorney General of the United States. Clark would have been in a position to get the Justice Department to back Trump in his effort to reverse the election.
Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General in the Obama administration, In a radio interview last week Trump said he “probably” faces criminal charges along with White House officials in connection with the effort.
“But before that, I think something will come from Atlanta prosecutors,” Holder said, referring to the Georgia election interference investigation being conducted by DA Willis.
Trump turned himself in to the office of Attorney General Letitia James in New York on Wednesday for hours of depositions. Letitia James has focused on allegations that Trump’s company improperly manipulated the valuation of real estate assets for financial gain worth millions of dollars.
Trump, under oath by James’ attorney, has exercised his Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination more than 440 times, refusing to answer questions.
Trump’s son Eric Trump, who runs the Trump Organization with his brother Donald Trump Jr., called the Fifth Amendment more than 500 times in 2020 when he refused to answer questions in his own deposition. Quoted.
James, a Democrat, indicated her investigation focused on allegations that Trump’s fortunes were adjusted to improve loan and insurance terms and obtain tax breaks. Attorney Michael Cohen testified about the practice while attending Congress.
At the end of that investigation, the Attorney General could seek to impose civil sanctions, including financial penalties, on the Trump Organization.
The Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, have faced criminal charges since 2005 in 15 indictments related to schemes to avoid taxes on the compensation of CFOs and other executives. Awaiting trial. The defendant has pleaded not guilty.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was also known for investigating Trump and his company for possible crimes related to the asset valuation manipulation highlighted in the AG James civil lawsuit.
Earlier this year, after Bragg declined to file criminal charges against Trump, the two top prosecutors in charge of the investigation in Bragg’s office resigned.
Mark Pomerantz, a former special counsel in Bragg’s office, said, “In fact, Donald Trump is guilty and second, if we move forward, there is enough evidence to support a conviction. I believe there was a legal issue,” he said last month. In a podcast interview.
If Trump Was ‘Kokomo’s Jaw Blow’we would have prosecuted,” Pomerantz said.
Bragg’s office says an investigation is ongoing.
But it is widely believed that the Democratic attorney’s office would not try to indict Trump without cooperating witnesses who can provide evidence against him.