Former president donald trump has even more legal trouble on its way after a New York jury on Tuesday decided in favor of writer E. Jean Carroll, They find the former president responsible for sexual abuseassault and defamation – to the tune of $5 million.
Carroll’s case was a civil case, and although the jury voted in her favor, they also said they did not believe she had been raped, narrowing liability to sexual assault.
In other unrelated cases, Trump could be criminally charged.
And he was already accused at the end of March in the stormy daniels case of silence
Here’s a breakdown of the barrage of legal issues facing the former president:
Former President Donald Trump (left) has even more legal trouble on the way after a New York jury on Tuesday decided in favor of writer E. Jean Carroll (right), finding the former president liable for sexual abuse, assault and defamation.
The case of the secret money of Stormy Daniels: Trump makes history by being the first former president to be charged with a crime
On March 30, Trump made history and became the first former president to be impeached.
He returned to New York on April 4. for his day in court, with protesters for and against Trump surrounding the courthouse.
Trump was charged with 34 felony falsifying business records in connection with Stormy Daniels’ hush money scheme in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
He has pleaded not guilty in New York Criminal Court as the 16-page indictment was unsealed. In addition, the Manhattan district attorney’s office released a 13-page statement of fact.
It said that between August 2015 and December 2017, Trump “orchestrated a scheme with others to influence the 2016 presidential election by identifying and purchasing negative information about him in order to suppress its publication and benefit the defendant’s electoral prospects.”
The alleged crimes included writing monthly checks to his former attorney Michael Cohen throughout 2017 as part of a “retainer agreement,” with prosecutors saying no such retainer agreement existed and that those payments were actually to repay Cohen’s assets. $130,000 that he gave to Daniels to keep his silence about his 2006 date with Trump before Election Day 2016.
Trump has denied the affair.
Since the initial indictment, Trump’s legal team has tried to move the case from state court to federal court, hoping the jury will include more conservative juries from suburban New York.
Additionally, on Monday Judge Juan Manuel Merchan ruled that Trump was not allowed to post any evidence or other materials from the discovery process on social media sites.
The former president is also not allowed to see evidence without his lawyers present, Merchan ruled.
Jan 6 – Pence testifies before federal grand jury and DOJ says Trump may be sued for role in Capitol attack
Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s role in pushing false claims of voter fraud and the January 6 attack on the Capitol is connected under the portfolio of special counsel Jack Smith.
In late April, Vice President Mike Pence testified in front of the federal grand jury assembled to hear evidence from the investigation.
Pence had balked, claiming privilege as Senate president, and a judge acknowledged some of those claims but gave testimony the green light to go forward.
Trump’s legal team also attempted to stop Pence’s testimony, but was unsuccessful.
That setback comes after the Justice Department said in March that injured Capitol Hill cops and Democratic lawmakers can sue Trump on Jan. 6, in a federal court case that proves Trump’s legal vulnerability over his speech. before the riots.
The Justice Department told a Washington federal appeals court in a legal filing that it should allow the lawsuits to move forward, rejecting Trump’s argument that he is immune from the lawsuits.
In December, before Republicans took control of the House, the House-based January 6 Committee referred Trump to the Justice Department to bring at least three criminal charges, including inciting an insurrection.
The recommended charges for Trump concerned four criminal statutes: obstructing an official proceeding, making false statements, defrauding the United States and inciting an insurrection.
It’s unclear if more charges are on the table for Trump.
in a series of high-profile hearings last year on the aftermath of the 2020 electionwhich Trump falsely claims he won, the committee argued that Trump was pressuring Pence to return the election results to the states in an attempt to overturn the election results.
Pence did not testify before the congressional committee, but other top Trump officials did, including Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Bill Barr and Roger Stone.
Trump addressed supporters in the Ellipse, the area just outside the White House, on the morning of January 6.
Later that day, a mob of his supporters marched on the Capitol and entered the building to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The documents Trump took from the White House to Mar-a-Lago when he left office
The Justice Department, also under the direction of special counsel Jack Smith, is conducting a criminal investigation into Trump for withholding government records, including some marked as classified, after leaving office in January 2021.
The FBI seized 11,000 documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida in a court-approved search on Aug. 8, including about 100 marked as classified.
Some were designated top secret, the highest level of classified information.
Special counsel Jack Smith is overseeing a criminal investigation into classified materials Trump removed from the White House after leaving office in January 2021.
The department began its investigation after the National Archives, the US agency responsible for preserving government records, tried to get Trump to return missing government property and received 15 boxes of mixed classified documents.
Trump accused the Justice Department of participating in a partisan witch hunt and claims the documents he took were part of his personal records and were declassified when he left office.
Both Pence and Biden are also under investigation for having classified documents among the materials they brought home after leaving office.
Georgia’s criminal investigation into efforts to nullify the 2020 election
Trump faces a criminal investigation in Georgia for his efforts to overturn the election.
Last May, a special grand jury was selected to consider evidence in a Georgia prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2020 election in that state.
The investigation centers in part on a phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, on Jan. 2, 2021. Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes needed to overturn Georgia’s election loss. Trump.
Additionally, last July, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office revealed that the 16 people who posed as fake Electoral College voters were the targets of their investigation.
Last week, it emerged that at least eight of those voters had accepted immunity deals.
It will be up to Willis – and not the grand jury – to charge Trump with crimes.
Legal experts said Trump may have violated at least three Georgia criminal election laws: conspiracy to commit voter fraud, criminal solicitation to commit voter fraud and willful interference in the performance of election duties.
Trump could argue that he was participating in constitutionally protected free speech.
A federal judge in California said in a separate lawsuit in October that Trump had knowingly made false claims of voter fraud in a Georgia election lawsuit, according to emails the judge reviewed. It was not immediately clear what ramifications Trump might face from the ruling.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil lawsuit alleges Trump inflated property values to mislead banks and investors
New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a civil lawsuit filed in February that her office discovered more than 200 examples of misleading asset valuations by Trump and the Trump Organization between 2011 and 2021.
James accused Trump of inflating his net worth by billions of dollars to meet the terms of the loans and get better insurance coverage.
Mar-a-Lago was valued at as much as $739 million when it should have closed at $75 million, the 200-page lawsuit against the Trump Organization claims.
Trump withdrew his own countersuit against James in January after a judge accused him of using the courts to seek revenge.
A Florida judge has ordered Trump and his lawyers to pay nearly $1 million to sue Hillary Clinton and others over their claims that the 2016 election was rigged.
James seeks to permanently bar Trump, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and his daughter Ivanka Trump from running businesses in New York State, and prevent them and his business from buying new property and obtaining new loans in the state for five years.
James is also seeking the defendants to return about $250 million that she described as obtained through fraud.
After James announced the lawsuit, Trump in a social media post called the action “Another Witch Hunt.”
A lawyer for Trump called the claims in the lawsuit “without merit.”
James said his investigation also uncovered evidence of criminal wrongdoing, which he forwarded to federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service for investigation.
Trump appeared in New York for a statement last month as part of the case.
New York criminal investigation into Trump Organization ‘tax-free benefits’ for top executives
The Trump Organization is on trial in New York on criminal charges of tax fraud.
Last year, the Manhattan district attorney’s office accused Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corp. of giving executives tax-free perks like free apartments, school tuition and luxury rental cars.
Its former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, also named as a defendant in James’ lawsuit, has pleaded guilty and is due to testify against the company as part of his plea bargain.
Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, has also been investigating whether Trump misled lenders and others about asset valuations.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigation politically motivated.