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Where the legal cases against Donald Trump stand

Former President Donald Trump’s indictment earlier this year over alleged hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels was the first time a current or former president had been charged with a crime in United States history.

However, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump is only one part of his legal troubles. Trump drew headlines once again last week when a New York jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation against E. Jean Carroll, ordering him to pay her nearly $5 million in damages.

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Aside from the two cases, Trump is also currently under four different investigations for various allegations. Here is where each case stands currently.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s investigation into 2020 election interference

Willis launched an investigation in 2021 into the Trump campaign’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, a key swing state. The investigation was launched following the release of a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, which prosecutors claim shows that Trump may have undertaken illegal actions in an attempt to claim victory.

The latest information about the investigation came on May 5, when eight alternative electors, who allegedly pledged to declare Trump the victor, accepted immunity deals in connection with the investigation.

In April, Willis sent out a memo to Georgia police telling them to prepare for possible violence this summer over charges stemming from the investigation.

“In the near future, I will announce charging decisions resulting from the investigation my office has been conducting into possible criminal interference in the administration of Georgia’s 2020 General Election,” Willis wrote. “I am providing this letter to bring to your attention the need for heightened security and preparedness in coming months due to this pending announcement.”

The district attorney said that her decision will be announced sometime between July 11 and Sept. 1.

Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Mar-a-Lago classified documents

The Department of Justice launched an investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents following a FBI raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in August. Investigators found hundreds of classified documents that Trump had kept from his time in the White House.

Furthermore, the DOJ is investigating the serious charge of whether Trump obstructed authorities’ investigation.

In April, former Attorney General Bill Barr said that this investigation was perhaps the most serious of all Trump’s legal troubles. Barr believes that the former president will likely get indicted over the investigation.

It is unknown when Smith will announce the results of the investigation, including any indictments.

Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Jan. 6

The DOJ has launched several investigations into Trump and his allies attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. It is also investigating any involvement from Trump into the violence that occurred on Jan. 6.

In April, former Vice President Mike Pence made history as the first vice president to be compelled to testify against his superior. He testified to a grand jury about conversations he had with the president in the lead-up to Jan. 6.

It is unknown when Smith will announce the results of the investigation, including any indictments.

New York Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit against Trump business fraud

James announced a sprawling lawsuit against Trump’s businesses in the state of New York in September, seeking $250 million in damages for alleged business fraud. In the lawsuit filed against the former president, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump last September, it alleged the Trump Organization engaged in fraudulent business practices.

James also sought other penalties, such as a ban on the Trumps running New York businesses, and relayed a criminal matter to the Justice Department. Her office has been investigating Trump’s businesses since 2019.

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“This investigation revealed that Donald Trump engaged in years of illegal conduct to inflate his net worth … to deceive banks and the people of the great state of New York. Claiming you have money that you do not have does not amount to the art of the deal. It’s the art of the steal,” James declared in September.

The case is set to go on trial on Oct. 2.


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