Former President Donald Trump is the subject of a number of ongoing investigations, lawsuits, and controversies. One of the most significant is the indictment by a grand jury in Manhattan over his alleged role in a scheme to silence an adult film star. Another investigation involves whether Trump mishandled classified material at his Mar-a-Lago resort and whether documents from the Trump White House were illegally taken there after he left office.
The Justice Department is also investigating the period after Trump’s 2020 election loss to Joe Biden and leading up to the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol. Aspects of the probe include the use of so-called fake electors from states that Trump falsely claimed he had won, such as Georgia and Arizona.
In Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis is overseeing a special grand jury investigating what Trump or his allies may have done in their efforts to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia. She is considering bringing conspiracy and racketeering charges.
The House select committee, which investigated the US Capitol attack, referred Trump to the Justice Department on at least four criminal charges. It uncovered dramatic evidence of Trump’s actions before and on January 6, especially efforts to use the levers of government to overturn the election. The Trump Organization was also convicted of criminal tax fraud, grand larceny, and falsifying business records, which prosecutors allege was a 15-year scheme to defraud tax authorities.
Meanwhile, Trump has filed lawsuits against various individuals and organizations, including journalist Bob Woodward, his niece Mary Trump, and CNN. He has denied allegations of sexual assault made by former magazine writer E. Jean Carroll and is being sued by several members of the US Capitol Police and Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police over his alleged incitement of the January 6 riot.
All these legal proceedings paint a bleak picture of the former president’s post-political life. While he has protested his innocence throughout, it is clear that many people and organizations are determined to hold him to account for what they allege are serious crimes and misdemeanors. It remains to be seen how many of the cases against Trump will be successful, but the ongoing legal battles are likely to continue for some time yet.