Update on Donald Trump’s legal troubles

It’s been nearly eight years since he walked down the Trump Tower escalator and more than two years since the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, but Donald Trump is now facing several instances of legal trouble.

Here are some of the more notable surveys:

Silent Payments: Manhattan District Attorney

New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg appears to be in the final stages of an investigation into the hidden money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The $130,000 payment was paid by former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair between Daniels and Trump years earlier. Trump denied having an affair with Daniels and said the investigation of Bragg, a Democrat, was politically motivated.

Mar-a-Lago documents: Did Trump mishandle classified documents?

Special Counsel Jack Smith is overseeing the Justice Department’s criminal investigations into the withholding of national defense information at the Trump compound and parts of the January 6, 2021 insurgency.

The Justice Department investigation continues to determine whether Trump’s White House documents were unlawfully mishandled when taken to Mar-a-Lago, Florida after he left office. A federal grand jury questioned potential witnesses about Trump’s handling of the documents.

2020 Election and January 6: United States Department of Justice

Smith’s expertise also includes the period following Trump’s 2020 election loss to Joe Biden and leading up to the United States Capitol insurgency.

As part of its investigation, the Special Counsel’s Office has sought testimony from a number of key White House insiders, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Aspects of the Justice Department investigation include the use of so-called fake voters from states that Trump falsely claimed to have won, such as Georgia and Arizona.

Election 2020 and January 6: House Select Committee

The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol has released an 845-page report – based on more than 1,000 interviews and documents collected, including emails, text messages and phone records – which alleges that Trump “supervised” the legally dubious effort to offer fake voter lists in seven states he lost. Evidence shows, according to the report, that Trump worked actively to “pass fake Electoral College ballots to Congress and the National Archives.”

In a symbolic move, the committee referred Trump to the Justice Department on at least four criminal charges before its conclusion in late 2022, before Republicans take control of the House.

Election 2020: Efforts to overturn Georgia results

Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis oversaw a special grand jury investigating what Trump or his allies may have done in their effort to undo Biden’s victory in Georgia.

The grand jury released a report — which remains mostly under seal — that found there was no widespread voter fraud in the state and also suggested that perjury charges be considered against some people who testified. Overall, the grand jury recommended charges against more than a dozen people, the foreman said in interviews last month.

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