Former US President Donald Trump finds himself entangled in a web of legal troubles as he faces the possibility of multiple indictments and charges related to various incidents during and after his presidency.
Lawyers representing Trump recently met with special counsel Jack Smith and his team to discuss potential indictment threats surrounding Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Amidst the tension, the former president took to social media to express his views and deny any wrongdoing.
Donald Trump Is In a Legal Jam
This week the news emerged that Smith’s team has accumulated evidence for three possible charges against Trump. T
hese charges include obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiring to intimidate a person in the exercise of their constitutional rights—a seldom-used civil rights charge.
While Trump’s lawyers attempted to argue against the indictment during the meeting with prosecutors, media outlets have speculated on the likelihood of an imminent indictment.
The former president’s legal troubles began even before this recent investigation. Smith previously brought 37 criminal charges against Trump for mishandling classified information after leaving office, with a trial scheduled for May of next year.
Additionally, Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg brought 34 criminal charges against Trump over hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, with a trial set for March.
Furthermore, Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, is leading a criminal probe into whether Trump and others illegally attempted to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.
The investigation centers on a controversial phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, urging him to find enough votes to overturn the results.
Legal experts suggest that Trump may have violated multiple Georgia criminal laws, including conspiracy to commit election fraud and intentional interference with election duties.
In addition to these charges, Trump faces a $5 million verdict for sexual abuse and defamation against writer E. Jean Carroll. He is also appealing a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who accused Trump and the Trump Organization of fraud by providing false asset values to obtain better terms from lenders and insurers.
The former president’s legal woes extend to the business realm as well. Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, is under investigation by the Justice Department and financial regulators for potential securities regulation violations in its deal with special purpose acquisition company Digital World Acquisition Corp.
Trump continues to vehemently deny any wrongdoing and told a Fox News Town Hall in Iowa on Tuesday that special counsel Smith was a “deranged prosecutor” in a post on his Truth Social platform, where he disclosed the existence of the target letter on Tuesday evening.
Despite these mounting legal challenges, Trump maintains significant support among Republican voters, leading in polling for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
As the investigations continue to unfold, the nation watches closely to see how the legal battles will impact not just the future of Trump, but the US itself.
However these cases unfold, it is almost certain that the ex-President will go away quietly.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.