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Charged in a case of payment to an actress of X films in 2016, Donald Trump is summoned to appear before the judge on Tuesday to be notified of the charges against him. But other legal issues threaten the former president, who is seeking a second term in 2024.
The Stormy Daniels case, for which Donald Trump is summoned before a New York judge on Tuesday April 4 at 2:15 p.m. (6:15 p.m. GMT), is just one of many cases in which the billionaire’s name appears. Embarrassing legal issues for the former American president, who has once again entered the race for the White House.
This is the file likely to lead to the most serious charges against Donald Trump.
A parliamentary committee, dissolved by the new Republican majority, investigated the Republican’s role in his supporters’ attack on the congressional headquarters on January 6, 2021, when elected officials were certifying the victory of his rival, Joe Biden, in the 2020 presidential election.
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.
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 had 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.
The White House Archives
Leaving the White House, Donald Trump took entire boxes of documents. However, a 1978 law obliges all American presidents to transmit all of their e-mails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.
In January 2022, 15 boxes were returned. After examination, the federal police estimated that he probably kept others in his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago.
FBI agents then carried out a spectacular search there on August 8 on the basis of a warrant for “retention of classified documents” and “obstructing a federal investigation”, and seized around thirty other boxes.
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An intense legal battle then opened to determine the nature of the documents seized: whether they are classified, personal, or declassified archives, which slowed down the procedure. But, again, a federal indictment remains possible. Special Prosecutor Jack Smith is also investigating the case.
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 brings together 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.