Donald Trump continued to make dubious history last week when the former president was criminally indicted for a second time, just weeks after being found liable in a civil lawsuit for rape and defamation.
He federal indictment unsealed in Florida on Friday against former CEO and current Republican presidential candidate He accuses him of endangering national security by recklessly hiding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort and then obstructing efforts to return them to the government.
Felony charges add to Trump’s Already faced in Manhattan related to paying porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter.
And they come as Trump prepares for a gigantic fraud trial in a lawsuit against his family business filed by the New York attorney general.
Despite facing more than 70 felonies overall and the possibility of decades behind bars, Trump’s staggering legal troubles could get even worse.
Here’s an update on how things stand with the biggest legal threats facing Trump, who turns 77 this week, as he seeks the White House for the third time.
Georgia investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to subvert the 2020 election
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected to announce charges in September related to alleged efforts by the Trump campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The prosecutor reportedly considering organized crime account
A special grand jury recommended Willis filed charges earlier this year.
Partially released court records show panelists rejected claims tWhat were the Georgia election procedures like? riddled with fraud. And they believed that some witnesses should face charges for lying under oath.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump famously said in a recorded directive to “find” enough votes to give him victory over Joe Biden, he was one of those who testified.
Justice Department Probes Trump’s Role in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack
The Justice Department is continuing to investigate Trump’s role in the January 6 insurrection of the United States Capitol in an investigation overseen by special counsel Jack Smith, who also led the investigation of the Mar-a-Lago documents.
of trump Vice President Mike Pence took the podium in April and Smith has reportedly presented evidence of former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.
More than 1,000 people have been charged in connection with the fatal riot, with almost 500 receiving sentences.
Department of Justice classified documents case
Trump will appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday, charged with putting the nation and its allies at grave risk. He faces 37 charges alleging that he knowingly withheld defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, conspired to obstruct justice and related crimes.
Of great interest is whether the assigned judge, US District Judge Aileen Cannon, will remain in the case. The Trump-appointed jurist delayed the investigation with widely derided rulings in his favor that were overturned on appeal by other Trump-appointed judges.
The case handed over by a grand jury on Thursday cites audio recordings of Trump acknowledging that he was not supposed to have the treasure trove of records he took from the White House.
He cites information collected from various Trump employees and advisers who allege he went to great lengths to evade law enforcement and cling to government records related to nuclear programs, military vulnerabilities and plans to respond to foreign attacks.
of trump former lawyer, Evan Corcoran, told investigators that Trump suggested he either lie to the feds or destroy the records. When that didn’t work, the feds said that Trump had his White House valet and co-defendant Waltine Nauta hide the boxes from your legal team and a grand jury.
Stormy Daniels silent money case
Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a case set to go to trial next March.
The former president is accused of hiding the refund from his fixer turned enemy michael cohen to hide that he had violated election laws by silencing Daniels about an alleged extramarital date in 2006, just before he won the presidency in 2016.
Cohen went to federal prison for the $130,000 payment and is expected to be the star witness in the trial.
E. Jean Carroll sexual abuse case
A Manhattan jury in May found Trump responsible for sexual abuse writer E. Jean Carroll in a Midtown dressing room in the 1990s. They agreed that he defamed her after she spoke, awarding her $5 million.
But the litigation is far from over.
A day after the verdict, Trump repeated his defamatory remarks before an audience of some 3 million at a CNN town hall.
In response, Carol added the scandalous comments to his initial 2019 lawsuit against Trump, which has been stalled on appeal.
Trump is appealing the verdict in the second lawsuit, demanding a new trial or reduced damages.
Trump Organization Fraud Case
Bragg’s office secured the convictions of the Trump Organization and his former money man, Allen Weisselberg, on criminal charges of tax fraud last year.
75 year old Weisselberg served 99 days behind bars at Rikers and the company was ordered to pay $1.6 million in penalties.
But the penalty will pale in comparison to what Trump’s real estate empire will owe if state Attorney General Letitia James wins in a civil trial set for October.
The case against Trump, his adult children and other company executives accuses them of staggering fraud. James says that they habitually misrepresented the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses, for hundreds of millions of dollars, to obtain more favorable loans and tax breaks. She says Trump lied about his net worth to the tune of billions.
In Trump’s first statement, he took the same strategy as his son, Eric, refusing to answer hundreds of questions alleging the Fifth.
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