After losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump was indicted for a third time on Tuesday in Washington for trying to reverse the results.
As he seeks the 2024 presidential nomination, Trump faces yet another criminal case in the form of the ongoing federal probe.
Trump has been charged with illegally retaining top secret papers in federal court by the same special counsel, Jack Smith, who indicted him in the election case.
Trump is being tried for both criminal and civil accusations related to hush money cases in New York. As for Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia, a county district attorney is slated to make charging decisions in August.
Trump, a Republican, has claimed that he is being unfairly persecuted by Democrats who want to prevent him from returning to the White House.
Some of the other major investigations into the ex-president are as follows:
CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS
Smith has filed federal charges against Trump in Florida for allegedly mishandling confidential papers, some of which concerned the nation’s nuclear capability. Some of the 40 felonies he’s being charged with include withholding evidence and lying to investigators.
It is alleged in this landmark indictment, the first criminal case against a former president, that Trump regularly enlisted advisers and lawyers to help him hide records required by investigators and cavalierly showed off a Pentagon plan of attack and classified map.
The maximum sentence for the most serious charges is twenty years in prison.
Trump valet Walt Nauta and Trump’s property manager in Florida, Carlos De Oliveira, have been accused with conspiring to hide surveillance evidence from federal investigators and lying about it.
Trump and Nauta have both entered not guilty pleas. On Monday, de Oliveira made his first court appearance after being charged in a superseding indictment with Trump.
The federal judge has scheduled the trial for May 20 of next year, 2024. If that date stands, the earliest a trial could begin would be after the Republican nominee is established, but before the nominee is officially nominated at the Republican National Convention.
HIDDEN MONEY PLAN
When Trump was indicted in New York in March on state charges stemming from hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to bury rumors of extramarital sexual encounters, he became the first former U.S. president in history to face criminal charges.
He was charged with 34 counts of business record falsification, all of which he has denied.
While a conviction on each count could land Trump in jail for up to four years, it’s unclear whether or not a court would really dole down any jail time.
The charges are associated with a series of checks issued to his attorney Michael Cohen to compensate him for his involvement in paying off porn actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, not long after Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron.
Prosecutors claim the legal retainer for which the corporation allegedly documented such payments did not exist.
On December 4, two months before the Republicans’ nomination process begins in earnest, the former president is scheduled to appear in state court again.
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