The raid on Donald Trump’s resort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened the door to accusations against the former US president during his time in office.
A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation, “BBC”, stated that despite Trump being out of power, there are issues related to his tenure in power that continue to haunt him.
The recent raid on Trump’s home by FBI agents, who claim he kept documents from the presidency, has sparked widespread controversy and shed light on other issues and other investigations he already faces and could damage his political reputation. committed
The report said that despite Trump being out of power for over a year and a half so far, there are issues related to his tenure and still haunting him.
White House Records
When Trump left the White House, he took boxes of records with him to his Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence, and under the Presidential Records Act, removing official records can constitute a criminal offense.
According to Trump himself, a “large group of FBI agents” searched his home last Monday.
His attorney, Christina Pope, told NBC News that some newspapers were confiscated. However, the FBI and the Department of Justice have yet to comment on the matter.
In February, the U.S. National Archives said it recovered 15 boxes of papers from the headquarters that Trump should have handed over when he left the White House.
The agency later told Congress that the boxes contained “items marked as classified national security information.”
According to presidential historian Lindsay Chervinsky, record keeping makes it easier for presidents to be held accountable for their actions in office.
But enacting the Presidential Records Act is “complicated”, she says, as an indictment can be released in the case of “good faith”.
storm the capital
Trump faces accusations from his rivals that they incited “rebellion” when his supporters stormed the Capitol, while members of Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the January 6, 2021 election.
In the weeks leading up to that incident, Trump made unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, which he repeated before the riots at a rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Soon after, Trump was acquitted, in a political trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, and his supporters declared victory. But that was not the end of it.
Last July, Democrats and some Republican politicians formed a committee to study Trump’s actions in detail. She got thousands of calls to and from the White House that day.
So far, the commission’s public hearings have raised a litany of allegations, including testimony from Trump aides and advisers that he knew the allegations of election fraud were false — and that the steps he took to overturn the results were illegal wash.
While the commission has no legal powers to prosecute Trump, it can choose to refer criminal charges to the US government’s chief counsel, Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Possible charges include obstructing the counting of votes in Congress and conspiracy to defraud the United States by nullifying election results, which are punishable by fines or prison terms.
However, no previous president has been impeached. Further public hearings will be held in September as the investigation continues.
A few days before Congress stormed, Georgia’s top election official received a phone call from an angry Trump: “I just want to get 11,780 votes.”
That amount of votes would have given Trump a victory in the key swing state of 2020. Trump has claimed baseless election fraud, suggesting such a result would be possible if state Republican Brad Ravensberger could “reexamine” the result. But Ravensberger said, “We think our numbers are correct.”
Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis has launched an investigation into possible state election crimes, which carry fines or prison terms.
According to the BBC, prosecutors will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump knew his actions were fraudulent.
Trump also faces a slew of tax and bank fraud allegations in New York that have been investigated at both the state and local levels.
New York Attorney General Letitia James launched a civil investigation into Trump’s business practices, accusing his affiliate of obtaining tax breaks and loans through false and misleading asset assessments, which Trump and his team flatly deny has.
And yesterday, Wednesday, Trump appeared before the civil investigation in New York, and according to the American network, “NBC” News, Trump used the “Fifth Amendment” during his appearance under oath before James in his investigation.
Kevin Wallace, an attorney in James’ office, asked Trump about valuations of various real estate assets, including golf clubs, his signature on documents related to mortgages and loans, and the size of his apartment, but he declined to answer.
In a separate investigation, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and his team also spent more than two years probing Trump’s finances for possible crimes.
For prosecutors, getting hold of Trump’s tax returns and indicting his company’s chief financial officer for tax fraud were major achievements.
Then, at the end of 2021, Vance left office and was replaced by fellow Democrat Alvin Bragg.
To push the case forward, the two prosecutors leading the investigation, Carrie Dunn and Mark Pomerantz, tried to convince their new boss that they had enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
While he initially disagreed — leading to Dunn and Pomerantz’s resignation — Bragg vowed to continue the investigation, and said he would publicly announce any charges once the investigation is over.
But Trump, responding to allegations that he sexually assaulted a columnist in the 1990s, said: “She’s not my type. That never happened.”
And this was in 2019, days after E. Jane Carroll published the allegations. Later, the woman sued Trump for calling her a liar. The trial date is now set for February 6, 2023 – unless there is an out-of-court settlement in the meantime. E Jane Carroll accused Trump of raping her in the 1990s
In addition, a long list of other possible investigations and lawsuits against Trump include:
• The Washington DC Attorney General’s criminal investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack stated that Trump could be charged with inciting violence, but no action was taken.
• Several lawsuits by police officers who accused Trump of inciting the January attack in which they were injured.
A lawsuit filed by Mary Trump, Trump’s niece, who says her uncle and brothers cheated her out of inheritance, while Trump tried to dismiss the lawsuit filed in a New York court
• A lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, alleges that his old boss sent him back to prison in retaliation for writing an extensive memoir.