Several criminal investigations are underway against the ex-US President. Here are the top four and what you need to know about them. Washington, DC – According to the former US President , investigations into him are always a “witch hunt.” Donald Trump also likes to use the comparison to “broken third world countries” when confronted with alleged wrongs he is said to have committed. The Justice Department is currently investigating two cases against him. There are also investigations in the US state of Georgia and New York City is taking action against his company.
- Raid on Mar-a-Lago for taking top secret documents
- Investigation into the storming of the US Capitol
- In Georgia, prosecutors are investigating attempted vote rigging
- Mahattan prosecutors take action against Trump Organization
Raid on Mar-a-Lago for taking top secret documents
The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Florida home Mar-a-Lago in early August. The agency suspected the Republican was hoarding “dozens” of boxes there “probably containing classified information.” He also said he “probably made efforts to obstruct the government’s investigation.” In the raid, the FBI seized over a hundred classified documents, including alleged information about nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported.
The FBI believes Donald Trump may have violated the Espionage Act by “willfully” withholding certain national security information that “the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the detriment of the United States or for the benefit of someone else.” Nation” rather than providing that information to “an agent or employee of the United States authorized to receive it”. Violations of this provision of the Espionage Act can be punished with imprisonment for up to 10 years. Due to public pressure and requests from the US media, the search warrant and parts of the affidavit on which the Florida judge ordered the house search have since been released.
Investigation into the storming of the US Capitol
So far, more than 830 people have been charged with alleged crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, according to the Justice Department. However, it is unlikely that the Justice Department will provide any information on whether charges will be filed against Donald Trump over this historic event . But members of the US Congress and legal experts alike believe that Donald Trump most likely violated at least two federal criminal statutes in an attempt to disrupt the confirmation of the election results: one protecting Congress from interference and the other prohibiting conspiracies to deceive the nation. Violation of the first law carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while the latter carries a five-year prison sentence.
According to US Judge David Carter, Donald Trump most likely violated both laws: “Trump attempted to obstruct an official process by launching a campaign to persuade Vice President Pence to disrupt the January 6 session of Congress .” The judge added that “the illegality of this plan was evident”.
In Georgia, prosecutors are investigating attempted vote rigging
In January, Fani Willis, the prosecutor for Fulton County, Georgia, ordered a court to convene a special pre-trial grand jury “to examine the facts and circumstances directly or indirectly related to possible attempts to lawfully conduct.” to disrupt the 2020 elections in the state of Georgia”. This includes the Trump team’s attempt to nominate bogus electors to fraudulently tell Congress that, as representatives of Georgia, they had voted for Donald Trump — not Joe Biden .
So far, Trump has not been summoned himself, but allies such as his attorney Rudy Giuliani and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham have. Ultimately, Donald Trump could also be charged because, in a telephone call to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of the Interior, Brad Raffensperger, after the election, he demanded that they “find 11,780 votes” that he lacked to win the state election. If convicted of electoral manipulation or incitement to do so, there is a risk of imprisonment for a minimum of one and a maximum of three years.
Mahattan prosecutors take action against Trump Organization
Donald Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, is under investigation for financial fraud , but criminal charges against Trump personally are considered unlikely at this time. Trump’s former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has since pleaded guilty to personally evading $1.7 million in taxes. In exchange, he agreed to a “deal” with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to testify against the Trump Organization but not against Trump himself if asked to do so.
Shortly after Alwin Bragg took office earlier this year , a senior prosecutor who played a key role in the Trump investigation resigned. “I believe Donald Trump is guilty of numerous criminal offenses,” prosecutor Mark Pomerantz wrote in his resignation letter. He criticized Alwin Bragg’s decision “not to proceed with the preliminary investigation before a grand jury and not to press charges at this time.” The Manhattan investigation is the least promising and the other three have more potential to end up with an indictment and possible conviction of Donald Trump. Until then, the presumption of innocence applies – as in any other criminal proceedings. (Johanna Soll)
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