United States: legal disputes accumulate for Donald Trump, unprecedented fact for a former president

He is charged for the second time in two months, but now at the federal level: Donald Trump announced Thursday his indictment by federal justice in the case of his management of the White House archives. A legal trouble adding to a long list of charges, unprecedented for a former American president.

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The 45e President of the United States undoubtedly aspired to enter the history of his country: it is done. Indicted for the second time in two months, but now at the federal level, Donald Trump’s legal setbacks are unprecedented for a former American president. Thursday, June 8, he announced his indictment by federal justice in the case of his management of the archives of the White House.

The Republican is also at the center of several other investigations. Here is an update on the disputes with the justice of the one who seeks a second term in 2024.

Forgeries and porn

Indicted in early April in this case, Donald Trump is accused of having “orchestrated” payments in order to obtain the silence of three individuals whose revelations could have been harmful to him in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, which he finally won.

In question in particular, 130,000 dollars paid to the pornographic actress Stormy Daniels so that she silences a supposed extra-marital relationship dating back to 2006.

Problem: Although such payments are not illegal in themselves, Donald Trump has listed them as “legal fees” in the accounts of his company, the Trump Organization, which has earned him 34 counts of indictment for “ falsification of accounting documents”.

The former president, who appeared on April 4 in a New York court, pleaded not guilty.

The Capitol Assault

A parliamentary committee, dissolved by the new Republican majority, investigated the Republican’s role in the attack by his supporters on the seat of Congress on January 6, 2021, when elected officials certified the victory of his rival Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential.

In high-profile hearings, the Democratic-majority panel said the former president fired up his supporters before the coup and “failed in his duty as commander-in-chief” during the assault.

In its final report, the commission said Donald Trump should never be able to hold new public office after inciting his supporters to insurrection.

Its members also recommended that criminal proceedings be launched against him by the federal courts, in particular for calling for insurrection.

This is the file likely to lead to the most serious charges. A special prosecutor, Jack Smith, is also looking into the role of the former president in the attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election of 2020. At the end of his investigation, he could recommend whether or not to indict him. But the last word will go to the Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland.

The 2020 election in Georgia

A Georgia state prosecutor has been investigating since 2021 “attempts to influence the electoral operations” of this southern state, won by a short head by Joe Biden in 2020.

In a phone call, the recording of which has been made public, Donald Trump had asked a senior local official, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” nearly 12,000 ballots in his name.

Fani Willis, district attorney for Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, appointed a grand jury to determine if there was enough evidence to indict the real estate magnate. She managed to collect testimonies from her relatives, in particular from her ex-personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. This grand jury recommended indictments against several people without revealing whether the former president was among them.

His financial affairs in New York

In January, the Trump Organization was fined in New York up to $1.6 million for financial and tax fraud, a criminal first for the group, which awaits an even larger civil trial in the fall. .

At the head of the justice of the State of New York, Letitia James, an elected Democrat, has indeed filed a complaint against Donald Trump, his children and the Trump Organization.

She accuses them of having “deliberately” manipulated the valuations of the assets of the group – which includes golf clubs, luxury hotels and other properties – to obtain more advantageous loans from banks or reduce its taxes.

She is seeking $250 million in damages on behalf of the state, as well as bans from running companies for the ex-president and those close to him.

With AFP

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