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The Trump Investigations, Explained

by Hannah Ray

The legal troubles of former President Donald J. Trump seemed to get worse when federal agents issued a search warrant at his Florida home and club as part of an investigation into the handling of classified material.

However, the active investigation is one of many into former president’s business dealings or political activities.

F.B.I. The F.B.I. searched Mr. Trump’s Palm Beach residence at Mar-a-Lago, Fla. as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into materials allegedly taken illegally by the former president. This included classified documents when he resigned in January 2021.

The search warrant was unsealed and made publicly in response a motion from the Justice Department. It listed three criminal laws as the foundation of the investigation, including a possible violation of the Espionage Act. Unauthorized disclosure or retention of information about national defense that could be used against the United States or assist a foreign adversary is a crime under the World War I-era law.

Federal Judge has ordered government to propose redactions of the sensitive affidavit used to justify warrant. He stated that he was inclined not to seal certain parts. The Justice Department objected, stating that the release of such a document would “compromise future investigation steps” and “likely chill cooperation with witnesses.”

In January, Donald Trump gave 15 boxes of material back to the National Archives. The National Archives found many pages of documents marked with classified marks and they referred the matter the Justice Department.

The Justice Department sent a subpoena for Mr. Trump in the spring to obtain additional documents it believed might be in his possession. Mar-a-Lago was also visited by a small number of federal agents who sought out additional information on classified documents that may have been kept there.

Georgia election interference case

Fani T. Wilis, Atlanta’s district attorney, has been leading an extensive criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s efforts to reverse his 2020 loss in Georgia.

After the election, Mr. Trump and his associates had many interactions with Georgia officials, including a call where Mr. Trump asked Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 voters.” Additionally, Ms. Willis focused on Trump’s plot to send false Georgian electors to Washington as well as misstatements made before the state legislature in regards to the election results by Rudolph W. Giuliani who was the leader of efforts to keep Donald Trump in power.

Multiple defendants are being investigated for conspiracy to commit electoral fraud or racketeering-related offenses in connection with a coordinated effort to undermine the election.

Mr. Giuliani was informed that he is the target of the investigation. Ms. Willis’s Office also informed certain state officials, and pro Trump “alternate voters” that they may be indicted.

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Eight public hearings have been used by the House committee to investigate the Capitol attack of Jan. 6, 2021. It has also created a detailed narrative about Mr. Trump’s attempts to win the 2020 election.

Although the panel is promising more evidence and hearings this fall, it does not have the power to prosecute, but it is considering the symbolic option of referring the case to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department is also conducting a criminal investigation into Jan. 6, with lawyers questioning witnesses before a grand jury about Mr. Trump’s actions and those of some of his top advisors. Federal prosecutors asked witnesses to answer questions about Mr. Trump’s role in the efforts to reverse his election loss.

Prosecutors are particularly interested in the fake electors scheme that Trump Investigation and his allies pursued. In which his supporters from key battleground states presented themselves to the electors as alternate slates, they hope to derail or block the Electoral College’s certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.

New York State civil inquiry

Letitia James is the New York Attorney General and has been investigating whether Donald Trump and his family, the Trump Organization, have fraudulently inflated the value of their hotels, golf courses, and other assets to secure favorable loans.

As part of the inquiry, Mr. Trump was deposed by lawyers from Ms. James’s office. However, he refused to answer their questions , invoking his Fifth Amendment right against selfincrimination . In the case, Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka, Trump’s adult children were also deposed.

Ms. James can sue Donald Trump for civil reasons, but not for criminal. She could also choose to settle the matter and receive a quicker financial settlement than to file a lawsuit that will undoubtedly take many years to resolve.

Manhattan Criminal Case

Alvin L. Bragg is the Manhattan district attorney and has been conducting an investigation to determine if Mr. Trump’s family submitted false property values for potential lenders.

After signs suggested that Mr. Trump would not be indicted, the inquiry disappeared from public view . However, Mr. Bragg stated in April that the investigation, which was initiated under Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s predecessor, was continuing . Although he didn’t offer any clear indication of its direction.

Two prosecutors had been leading the investigation and were now leaving the office. Mark F. Pomerantz was one of the two prosecutors who left the office to conduct the investigation. He stated in a letter published by The Times, that he believed there was enough evidence for Mr. Trump to be charged with “numerous” felonies. Mr. Pomerantz stated that Mr. Bragg was acting against the public interest.

The investigation led to criminal charges being brought against the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg. Mr. Weisselberg has pleaded guilty 15 felonies to conspiring with Mr. Trump’s firm to execute a scheme to avoid taxes on extravagant perks. If prosecutors call for him, Mr. Weisselberg will be required to testify in the company’s case. The plea agreement does not require Mr. Weisselberg’s cooperation with the Manhattan district attorneys’ broader investigation into Donald Trump.v

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