On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Donald Trump must face charges in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a woman who claims Trump molested her. in the 1990s.
“Defendant should not be allowed to serve the clock on plaintiff’s attempt to obtain a remedy for what is alleged to be a serious wrong,” the judge wrote.
Trump has denied Carroll’s accusation.
The decision is the latest in a series of legal sanctions against Trump in recent months, and comes as the former President prepares for a third presidential bid in 2024.
* New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Trump and his three older children alleging that they “defrauded lenders, insurers and tax authorities by exaggerating value of its properties using false appraisals,” according to CNN. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
* Last month, the Manhattan district attorney’s office continued to investigate the Trump Organization’s finances. “The investigation is ongoing,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg told reporters.
* The Justice Department is investigating Trump’s possession of classified material after he left the presidency. Last week, DOJ officials clarified that — despite conducting a search at Mar-a-Lago in August — they do not believe they have collected all the classified documents against Trump.
* The Justice Department is still investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol. Last month, DOJ filed more than 30 appeals against people Trump is targeting for ongoing investigation.
* Fulton County (Georgia) District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state of Georgia. CNN recently said it could begin filing charges related to the investigation in December.
So, a lot. If history is anything to go by, Trump’s approach is to slow down all sides — hoping to muddy the legal waters over time. That means he can decide if he’ll run for president again with some of these legal issues hanging over his head.
The Award: Trump’s political path to the next Republican nomination is more straightforward than his legal one.