The long list of investigations against Donald Trump

The seizure of confidential documents that Donald Trump allegedly kept at his Mar-a-Lago residence could cause him serious headaches if it were proved that he wanted to hide or destroy official documents. Section 2071, Section 18 of the United States Code provides penalties for anyone intentionally concealing or destroying official documents.

The result is fines, years in prison, and potentially ineligibility for an official position … like the US presidency, for example. So, goodbye 2024, for Mr. Trump?

Trump’s diehard supporters defend him, even amid legal turmoil.

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Not so fast: this type of process is often long and laborious and the chances of it succeeding are difficult to assess. Add a dash of constitutional debate and you’ve got a real headache for those who want to sue.

Going back in time, Hillary Clinton faced the same Section 18 barrage for destroying the emails she sent out as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Except, in fact, there is nothing in the Constitution that mentions the need, in order to run for president, to be as white as snow and therefore not to have, for example, destroyed a confidential act.

Investigations of January 6, 2021

This is probably the most talked about poll in recent weeks. Established by Congress, it aims to establish the responsibilities of those who fomented the assault on Capitol Hill in an attempt to prevent the certification of the election of Joe Biden by members of Congress.

Led by Republican Liz Cheney among others, this commission says it has rather compelling evidence that Donald Trump is at the center of an electoral fraud plot that ultimately led to the events of January 6, 2021. It knew this could turn into violence, but did nothing, the committee members think.

Liz Cheney at the commission hearing.

Liz Cheney, a Republican, heads the Congressional Investigative Committee which says she has pretty compelling evidence that Donald Trump is at the center of an election fraud plot that ultimately led to the uprising on Capitol Hill.

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The limit of this commission: It cannot lodge a federal complaint against Donald Trump. But he can send his recommendations to the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, who is also investigating the same events.

By his actions, Trump would likely have violated federal law by attempting to block or hinder the certification of official election results. The use of deception or deception in this sense is a criminal act.

There are currently no lawsuits filed against the former president by Merrick Garland’s team. The department has a policy of not indicting an incumbent president, but nothing prevents it from indicting a former president.

Investigation in Georgia

Brad Raffensperger on the microphone during a press conference.

Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of Georgia, was pushed by Donald Trump to falsify the presidential election results in this southern state.

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Did Donald Trump try to falsify the election results in Georgia? He called Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Republican, on January 2, 2021, to ask him to 780voix”,”text”:”trouver 11780voix”}}”>finds 11.780 votes. A request that, if accepted, would have allowed him to conquer this pivotal state.

In this case, Trump may have violated several laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation and, of course, willful interference in the state’s electoral process.

New York investigations

In these cases, investigators within the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office suspect wrongdoing within the circle of leaders of the Trump organization, which manages prestigious properties. Misleading valuation of assets to reduce property taxes or to obtain bank loans at subsidized rates … suspicions are growing, but they have not yet led to concrete formal charges.

Trump Tower in New York.

The Trump Organization, which manages the real estate assets, is also the target of the investigation.

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For its part, a New York State prosecutor is keeping an eye on the matter and sifting through the records of the same organization to see if some real estate values ​​have also been inflated for tax purposes.

A loss on the tax return side

The former president went bankrupt on Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Your tax returns will need to be submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee, as determined by a lower court.

It was Democrat Richard Neal who asked for Donald Trump’s statements over a six-year period in 2019. The commission could vote to release the documents or a summary of their conclusions to the 435 members of the House, thereby making the information somehow publicly available.

Trump could appeal the decision, although it is unclear whether the US Supreme Court will choose to consider the case since it has examined similar cases in the past.

What consequences?

Faced with these many pans that seem to follow him inexorably, Donald Trump so far deserves, in the eyes of some, the title of “Teflon President”.

But this backlog of investigations still risks tarnishing his reputation with Republican and independent supporters starting to have doubts. They are necessarily less blinded by the personality revered for life and death by diehards, those who are part of his MAGA bubble (allusion to his famous slogan Make America great again).

How much will this hinder his political future? This is one of the many questions that, for the moment, remain unanswered.

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