Former President Donald Trump has several legal troubles hanging over his head as he mounts his recently announced bid to retake the White House in 2024.
The 76-year-old faces the threat of federal indictment over documents allegedly found at his Mar-a-Lago club and his namesake company, the Trump Organization, is on trial for criminal tax fraud in Manhattan.
Two lawsuits against him are still pending in court, although some have been settled, including the former president who won the cases brought by his niece Mary Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen .
The 45th president could face an indictment at the Justice Department – and a grand jury – that will investigate whether he falsified information the FBI said he seized during the August 8 attack on his country. Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
About 11,000 articles — about 100 of which were classified — were seized by the feds. But after the attack, Trump said he had deleted the tapes before he left the White House and brought them home.
The Trump Organization’s experiment
The Trump Organization was sued two weeks ago in Manhattan Supreme Court, and the District Attorney’s Office said the real estate company cheated on its taxes from 2005 to 2021 by not to mention the great benefits that the elites received – such as luxury apartments and cars.
The prosecution’s star witness, former Trump Org chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, began his testimony in the case Tuesday. Weisselberg, 75, pleaded guilty in August to tax charges, agreeing to accept more than $1.7 million in “off the books” benefits to avoid taxes.
The company faces up to $1.6 million in fines. Trump has not been charged in the case and is not accused of any wrongdoing.
New York Attorney General Letitia James ruled
Although Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has yet to bring criminal charges against Trump after a three-year investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James in September filed a case civil $250 million for Trump, his company, his children Donald Jr. Ivanka and Eric, Weisselberg.
James accused Trump’s camp of a “discount” fraud that they accused of defrauding the company’s assets in an attempt to improve credit and insurance policies and obtain tax benefits.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron on Monday appointed retired Judge Barbara Jones as a special investigator to investigate the Trump Org as it diverts funds in the case. Engoron said earlier this month that there was a need to ensure “there is no fraud” while the case plays out in court.
Trump has called the James trial a “witch hunt.”
The scandalous case of rape allegations against E. Jean Carroll
Journalist E. Jean Carroll lashed out at Trump in 2019, saying he defamed her when she publicly denied allegations that he groped her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room. early 1990s.
That case has been delayed by a series of legal challenges by Trump — including his unsuccessful bid to keep Carroll’s lawyers from firing him.
Observations on the 2020 election and the January 6 Capitol riots
A special grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, is investigating whether Trump and others tried to sway the state’s 2020 election results.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in March 2021 launched an investigation targeting Trump and seventeen others. Rudy Giuliani, himself a target of the investigation, testified before a grand jury in August.
Sen. is fighting. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in an order that he must testify again – a question in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Trump is also being investigated by the House of Representatives committee regarding the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol by his supporters. He was asked by the committee to present and change the documents. The panel – which could refer the case to the Justice Department – is expected to issue its findings in the coming weeks.
Niece Mary Trump’s lawsuit and other victories in civil cases
It’s not all bad news for Trump, who won two victories this week in civil lawsuits brought by Michael Cohen and his niece Mary Trump.
On Monday, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge tossed out Mary Trump’s 2020 lawsuit against Trump and her siblings who allegedly defrauded her of all her wealth up to tens of millions of dollars.
But Manhattan Judge Robert Reed found that Mary Trump waived claims against family members when she signed a 2001 settlement agreement for her grandfather Fred Trump Sr.’s estate. Mary Trump is appealing the decision.
In a separate federal ruling on Monday, Trump and former Attorney General William Barr won their bid to throw out Cohen’s suit. The lawyer said he was sent to prison in exchange for writing his tell-all “Disloyal: A Memoir.”
However, Cohen scored his own legal victory when an appeals court on Tuesday reinstated his lawsuit alleging that the Trump Org owes him $1.9 million in legal bills in he picked up in testimony during the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees against Trump. That lawsuit should be played out in a lower court.
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