Donald Trump Investigations: Here are other cases the former president should be concerned about

Donald Trump's legal troubles appear to have escalated significantly on Thursday federal charge of keeping classified documentsbut the investigators are not finished.

The former president faced a series of questions in various states and places as he campaigned for a second term in the White House. He has already been indicted on a 34 count indictment in New York in the bribery case. Others include federal and state investigations into his efforts to undo his 2020 election loss and civil cases that threatened his ability to do business again in New York.

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Trump, a Republican, has denied wrongdoing and says he was targeted by Democrats who are trying to prevent him from reclaiming the presidency in 2024.

Here's a look at the top probes:


Trump became the first former US president in history to face criminal prosecution when he was indicted in New York in March on state charges stemming from paying bribes made during the 2016 presidential campaign to bury allegations that he had extramarital sex.

He pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of felony falsifying business records. Each charge is punishable by up to four years in prison, although it is unclear whether the judge will hand down a prison sentence if Trump is found guilty.

The count relates to a series of checks written to his lawyer Michael Cohen to reimburse him for his role in paying porn actor Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had sexual relations with Trump in 2006, not long after Melania Trump gave birth to their child. son, Barrons. The payments were recorded in various internal company documents as official payments which the prosecutors said did not exist.

The former president will next appear in court on December 4, two months before Republicans begin their nomination process in earnest.


For more than two years, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally meddled in Georgia's 2020 election.

He wrote in a letter to the county sheriff that he expected to announce a verdict on the charges between July 11 and September 1. In a separate letter to the county High Court judge, he suggested that any charges were likely to come in August.

The Democratic district attorney's investigation began shortly after the release of a recorded January 2, 2021 phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the then president suggested Raffensperger could “get 11,780 votes” — enough to overtake Democrat Joe Biden and overturn Trump's narrow defeat. in that state.

But the scope of the investigation expanded after that, and Willis convened a special grand jury to hear testimony from witnesses including high-profile Trump allies, such as attorney Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and top Georgia officials, such as Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp. .

Prosecutors advised Giuliani and Republic of Georgia serving as fake voters that they risked being charged. Fake voters sign a certificate declaring Trump has won the election and declaring themselves a state voter, even though Biden has won the state and a certified Democratic voter.

Court filings in early May indicated that Willis had struck an immunity agreement with at least eight fake voters, suggesting they may have been cooperating with the authorities.

The chairman of the special jury indicated publicly that the panel had recommended several charges. Now it's up to Willis to decide whether to convene a regular grand jury and pursue criminal charges in the case.

Trump and his allies have denied wrongdoing, and he repeatedly described his call to Raffensperger as “perfect”.


Special counsel Jack Smith, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump's handling of classified documents, has also led a team investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn an election he falsely claimed was stolen.

Federal prosecutors have particularly focused on a scheme by Trump allies to submit fake presidential voter lists in key battleground states that falsely stated that Trump, not Biden, won the 2020 election. They have issued subpoenas to a number of the state's Republican Party seats.

Federal prosecutors have brought several Trump administration officials before a grand jury for questioning, including former Vice President Mike Pence.

In a sign of the wide-ranging investigation, election officials in several states whose results Trump disputed have received subpoenas seeking prior communication with or implicating Trump and his campaign aides.

The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is recommending that the Justice Department file criminal charges against Trump and his associates who helped him launch a widespread pressure campaign to try to undo his 2020 election loss.


New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued Trump and the Trump Organization, accusing them of misleading banks and tax authorities about the value of assets including golf courses and skyscrapers in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.

The lawsuit could lead to civil penalties against the company if James, a Democrat, wins. He is seeking a $250 million fine and a ban on Trump doing business in New York. Manhattan prosecutors investigated allegations of similar behavior but brought no criminal charges.

A civil hearing is scheduled in state court in October.

In a separate civil case in federal court in New York, Trump was found guilty in May of sexually assaulting and defaming former E. Jean Carroll magazine columnist in the mid-1990s. The jury rejected Carroll's claim that Trump had raped her in the locker room.

Trump was ordered to pay $5 million to Carroll. He has appealed and categorically denies the accusations.