Donald Trump Is Officially in Legal Hell


Donald Trump made it through his entire presidency, and nearly two years afterward, without being indicted for any criminal offense. For that, he had to thank his good luck, with a huge assist from the longstanding Justice Department norm that protects sitting presidents from criminal indictment.
A long list of potential scandals — the Mueller investigation, Stormy Daniels, the potential violations of the Emoluments Clause, numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, and two separate impeachments — did not result in any charges for the 45th president.

However, things have certainly changed, even with Donald Trump running for president again. In fact, Special Counsel Jack Smith has been appointed to look into two of those scandals, namely the Mar-a-Lago documents case.

The Mar-a-Lago documents investigation 

At issue was whether Trump had improperly or illegally taken documents with him after he left office, as well as whether the ex-president obstructed efforts to get the documents returned.

“The fact that these classified documents were intermingled with unclassified documents that he was accessing, or would have been accessing, is potentially very valuable evidence demonstrating Trump’s personal knowledge.”

The January 6 investigation on Donald Trump

The January 6 Committee last week made a criminal referral to the Justice Department in relation to those events. The referral was for such charges as obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government, and inciting or assisting an insurrection.

The New York State AG’s office suit 

In September, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump, the Trump Organization and other entities, alleging that they “engaged in “years of financial fraud to obtain a host of economic benefits,” before during, and after Trump’s time in the White House.

A trial date in James’ suit has been set for next October.

The Manhattan DA probe 

Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan DA has ramped up the Trump Organization probe, and was “jump-starting” the inquiry. An experienced attorney, Matthew Colangelo, is joining Bragg’s office as senior counsel, working on “most sensitive and high-profile white-collar investigations.”

The Georgia phone call 

A special grand jury in Georgia has been empaneled to look into Trump’s January 2, 2021, phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which the then-president asked Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes, one more than President Biden’s margin of victory in that state.



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