As part of what the Justice Department described as a criminal investigation into purported secret materials taken with him when he left the White House, FBI agents searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August.
The unusual operation, in the opinion of independent law enforcement professionals, constituted a substantial advancement in the investigation.
The search was related to potential contraventions of criminal laws, including one under the Espionage Act, according to court documents in the case. According to Trump, he did nothing wrong.
He is involved in several legal matters in addition to this one. He or his companies are the subject of numerous legal disputes, both civil and criminal, all over the nation. They dispute any wrongdoing and respond by claiming they are the victims of politically motivated or overly zealous prosecutors.
Trump, who is openly hinting at a second run for the White House, has claimed Democrats seek to prevent him from doing so.
The accusations are grave: For instance, in New York, the state attorney general is looking into possible financial crimes by the Trump Organization, while in Georgia, the district attorney is looking into the former president’s efforts to rig the 2020 election.
A House select committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has concentrated on what it claims was Trump’s intricate, multi-step scheme to unlawfully retain power, including inciting his supporters to riot that day as Congress was in session.
Here is a summary of the most significant active investigations into Trump.
investigation of how Trump handled White House records
Following the discovery that Trump had transported boxes of records with him to his Mar-a-Lago resort when he left the White House in January 2021, as ABC News reported in May, the Justice Department launched a grand jury inquiry into his improper handling of secret documents.
According to released court records, FBI investigators searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8 and seemed to seize 27 boxes, which contained sets of documents with different categories, ranging from confidential to top secret and more.
According to a redacted copy of the search warrant and supporting documents, one of the possible crimes the DOJ is looking into might be a breach of the Espionage Act’s provisions involving the acquisition, transmission, or loss of defense material.
18 USC 2071, which applies to any federal government employee who knowingly and illegally conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys public data, and 18 USC 1519, which deals with obstruction of justice, are the other two areas of concern for the DOJ.
Trump has been requesting that the affidavit behind the search warrant be made public without any redactions, but his legal team has not taken any steps to ask the judge to do so. A number of media organizations, including ABC News, have petitioned the court to provide public access to the affidavit or a redacted version of it. The great level of public interest in the search is cited. The DOJ is against making the paper public because they believe it will jeopardize the fairness of the ongoing inquiry. A judge has hinted that he might decide to unseal certain sections with DOJ redactions.
Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich downplayed the items obtained in a statement, calling them “the President’s picture books” and “a handwritten letter,” and claimed that the documents seized by FBI investigators were declassified.
Budowich declared, “This raid on President Trump’s house was not only unusual, but needless. This is awful.
congressional investigation on January 6
Eight public hearings on the conclusions of their year-long, ongoing investigation into what caused the Capitol insurrection and what Trump knew about it and did and did not do before and after the rioting were held this summer by the 11-member House panel, which was established last year.
Trump was the focal point of what the special committee’s hearings referred to as a “attempted coup.” Former Trump White House staffers, including Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as election officials who testified about Trump’s actions and mental health were among the witnesses.
The committee claimed that despite knowing he would lose the 2020 election to Joe Biden, Trump exerted significant pressure on the DOJ, local officials, and Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results. The committee also claimed that Trump was aware of the potential for violence when he urged his supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6.
The committee, which consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans who will leave office in 2023, will meet again in September to continue gathering evidence after claiming to have received a flood of information following their hearings in June and July.
Trump has consistently sought to cast doubt on their probe by claiming that it was conducted by a “Highly Partisan” committee of politicians.
investigation by the Manhattan district attorney
The Manhattan district attorney is looking into whether Trump or his family company, the Trump Organization, lied about the value of their possessions in order to qualify for loans or tax breaks.
In January, District Attorney Alvin Bragg took over the protracted investigation from former Manhattan DA Cy Vance. However, since that time, two prominent prosecutors involved in the investigation have retired, and a grand jury has expired without returning any indictments. In April, Bragg stated that the inquiry was ongoing and that his office was “exploring new evidence.”
Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, has been accused of tax fraud as a result of the inquiry. He first entered a not guilty plea, but later changed his mind and admitted guilt on all 15 counts, including grand larceny and tax fraud. He also volunteered to testify against the Trump Organization in the business’s upcoming trial over an alleged pay system.
Weisselberg will be sentenced to five months in jail, five years of probation, and a $1.94 million fine. He is not required by his plea agreement to testify against Donald Trump or any Trump family members.
investigation by the state attorney general of New York
Letitia James, the attorney general for the state of New York, is examining whether to file a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and his company for alleged financial fraud. After Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer (whom Trump has since denounced as a “fraudster”) testified before Congress that Trump inflates and deflates his assets when it is financially advantageous for him, James commenced her investigation.
Trump sued James, a Democrat, alleging that she was picking on him out of political animus. But in May, a judge rejected his contention, allowing James’ probe to proceed.
In the investigation, depositions have been made of Donald Jr., Ivanka Trump, and all three of them. Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right to be free from being forced to testify against himself while he was being questioned under oath earlier this month.
James’ work is under criminal investigation in Georgia after Trump referred to it as “Banana Republic” and branded her “racist.”
Following the disclosure of a phone call showing Trump attempting to exert pressure on Georgia election officials to locate enough votes to reverse his loss to Biden in the 2020 election, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened a criminal inquiry.
A special grand jury has been formed by Willis to look into Trump’s activities. Although the grand jury lacks the authority to deliver an indictment and may only make recommendations, it has already served subpoenas to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. The grand jury will convene for up to a year.
In order to file any charges, another grand jury would have to be called.
After the grand jury was established, Trump attacked Willis for being a “radical left Democrat” and reiterated that his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ascertain the votes was “excellent.”
A target of the investigation is Giuliani. In August, he came before the grand jury.
investigation by the Westchester district attorney
In the autumn of last year, word spread that the Briarcliff Manor, New York, golf course owned by the Trump Organization was the subject of a criminal investigation by Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah.
At the time, a representative for the Trump Organization said that the investigation was an ongoing “witch hunt” against Trump.
Defamation case brought by E. Jean Carroll
After Trump denied her rape claim, E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle columnist, filed a defamation lawsuit against him in 2019. According to the former president, he has never met her and that Carroll made up her story to promote a book.
In a recent scheduling order, Judge Lewis Kaplan stated that the trial would start in February. The parties are “currently engaged in document discovery, with depositions to follow,” according to Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan, who also informed ABC News that Judge Kaplan has mandated that discovery be finished by the middle of November 2022.
In March, Kaplan dismissed Trump’s attempt to countersue Carroll on the grounds that her defamation lawsuit lacked merit.
Damages claim by Michael Cohen
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims that the president retaliated against him for penning a frank autobiography. Cohen claimed in his lawsuit that he was punished by being returned to federal prison and held in solitary confinement for 16 days.
His claim, which was submitted in December to a federal court in Manhattan, asks for compensation for “severe physical and emotional pain” as well as for First Amendment rights infringement. In April, Trump submitted a motion to dismiss the case, claiming that the president’s immunity protects him.
Earlier last month, a Manhattan court heard the case’s arguments, according to tweets from Cohen’s attorney Jeffrey Levine.
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