While the media focus IS on his dominating the Grand ole Party…..
The facts on the ground are that he has criminal worries in 3 places…..
If all the criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump end in conviction, then Trump will be a true renaissance man of crime.
The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida residence, and removed several boxes of documents — some of which reportedly contained classified information about nuclear weapons. That’s part of one investigation into possible violations of the Espionage Act and improper handling of federal records. Meanwhile, a second federal investigation is looking into the January 6 attack on the Capitol and broader efforts to overturn the 2020 election, an issue that obviously could implicate the man who spent most of the 2020 lame-duck period trying to erase his loss to President Joe Biden.
In Georgia, Trump consigliere Rudy Giuliani was informed by state prosecutors that he is a target of a criminal investigation into interference with the 2020 election in their state specifically. Trump could also be implicated, and even criminally charged, before this Georgia investigation concludes. In a post-election call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), Trump told the state’s top election official that he wants “to find 11,780 votes.” Biden defeated Trump in Georgia by 11,779 votes.
Then there are two separate New York investigations into the Trump Organization and Trump’s web of surrounding businesses, which are investigating allegations that Trump misrepresented his companies’ finances in order to obtain bank loans or to reduce taxes.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) investigation into these allegations is primarily civil (as in, non-criminal), but a parallel investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg already led to two indictments — both the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg were indicted in July 2021.
Weisselberg pleaded guilty to more than a dozen different counts on Thursday. He also agreed to testify against the Trump Organization — but not against Trump himself — if called to do so. Nevertheless, Bragg is reluctant to indict Trump, according to an interview last month with former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz….
Of course, all the standard disclaimers should apply. All of these investigations are ongoing and have not led to charges against Donald Trump. They may never lead to such charges. If Trump is charged, the courts must afford him a presumption of innocence until he is convicted. And even if prosecutors are convinced that they have an airtight case, they may be reluctant to file charges against a former president whose supporters have already threatened violenceagainst people and institutions associated with the investigations into Trump — and, in at least one case, engaged in actual violence.
Nevertheless, the sheer diversity of the state and federal statutes that Trump may have violated is astounding. All told, it’s four criminal investigations — two federal and two state-based — which together scrutinize Trump’s conduct before, during, and after his presidency. Even if only one of these investigations leads to a conviction, the elderly Trump could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars. While some of the criminal statutes Trump may have violated carry penalties of only a few years in prison, others carry maximum sentences of up to 20 years.
It’s a lot to keep track of, and many important details about these investigations are not publicly known and may never be revealed to the public unless Trump is eventually indicted…