Donald Trump’s attempt to cancel the 2020 election – which involved pressuring countless officials to do all sorts of questionable things, as well as fomenting a violent attack on the US Capitol – has taken a more much attention last week as state and federal authorities continue to investigate the former president and his allies on many different legal fronts.
But the investigations into the ex-president’s conduct around the Jan. 6 uprising do not account for all of the potential legal issues Trump faces. At the very least, there are also civil and criminal investigations in New York into his company’s business practices — mostly or entirely unrelated to his presidency — as well as a criminal investigation in Atlanta who may be the sleeper in this panoply of potential risks.
Let’s start with the House Committee on Oversight and Reformwho this week opened a formal investigation into the 15 boxes of official documents found at Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida – which he allegedly took with him, in apparent violation of federal law, after leaving his functions last January.
Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., noted this week that she was “deeply concerned” that the documents, now in the hands of the National Archives and Records Administration, were not officially turned over by Trump during the transition period. The former president’s conduct, she added, “[appears] to have been…in violation of the Presidential Archives Act. »
The commission’s investigation comes the same day that Maggie Haberman, the New York Times reporter known for her uncannily close relationship with the former president, alleged that White House staff repeatedly found “wads of printed paper” clogging Trump’s toilet in his own residence.
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“I learned that staff at the White House Residence periodically found the toilet clogged,” Haberman said. Recount CNN Thursday. “It could be post-its, it could be notes he wrote himself, it could be other things, we don’t know,” she added. “But it certainly adds…another dimension to what we know about how he handled the material in the White House.”
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Last week, the National Archives admitted that some of the documents it kept from the Trump administration had literally been torn and glued back together. Many officials also confirmed with the Washington Post that Trump usually destroyed official documents himself, often leaving aides to retrieve the remains.
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“He didn’t want a recording of anything,” a former senior Trump official told the Post. “He never stopped tearing things up. Do you really think Trump is going to care about the Records Act? Come on.”
The findings of the House Oversight Committee will likely overlap with those of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, who last week received some of the compromised documents. More broadly, the Jan. 6 panel remains focused on communications from Trump and his affiliates before and during the insurgency.
This week, the committee discovered significant and unexplained discrepancies in White House call logs during the insurgency, according to the New York Times – a report that appears to contravene complaints made by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who admitted last year that they spoke with Trump while the riot was underway. Trump was widely known for taking calls on his personal cellphone — or those of his aides — bypassing more secure communication channels.
This week, the January 6 committee also subpoena former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who has in the past proudly divulged his failed (and clearly illegal) plan to reinstall Trump as president after the 2020 election.
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Navarro is just the latest in a list of Trump associates to be subpoenaed, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon, since charged for contempt of Congress; former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, a central player in Trump’s election conspiracy. According to CNN, the committee has so far guest 80 persons of interest to testify.
Navarro, for his part, played a key role in encouraging former Vice President Mike Pence (whose “team” would have cooperative summer with the Jan. 6 panel) to delay the process of certifying the election — a move designed, according to Navarro’s account, to throw the election out of the House. As we know, Pence concluded what was already obvious: his role in the vote count was purely ceremonial.
Now let’s go to the criminal investigation in georgia led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, which explores Trump’s infamous phone call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump asked to “find” enough votes to swing the Peach’s condition in his favor. (Raffensperger works in Atlanta, the state capital, which is Willis’ jurisdiction.) Last Friday, Willis Recount CNN that she expects to launch a grand jury investigation and begin serving subpoenas this summer. She also said this week that Trump will not be able to delay the case or invoke any form of executive privilege or immunity. “This is a criminal investigation. We’re not playing a game here,” Willis said. “I plan to use the power of the law. We are all citizens.”
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Willis’ investigation could go beyond Trump to a number of his associates, including Meadows, Giuliani and Senator Lindsey GrahamRS.C., who called Raffensperger last November, reportedly asked if he could find a way to exclude a large portion of mail-in ballots from the final Georgia vote count.
New York and Albany
Moving north for several hundred miles, Trump faces two investigations, one civil and one criminal, in the finances and trade relations of the Trump Organization. (Whether either of these investigations focuses on Trump personally remains unclear.) In the civilian investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia Jamesthe central question is whether Trump’s company has inflated and deflated certain assets for tax and lending reasons, which is a form of fraud.
Jacques recently subpoena the federal government’s General Services Administration to gather information about how the agency selected the Trump Organization to lease the historic post office building in Washington that became the Trump International Hotel. Last month, James’ office said it found “significant evidence” of financial fraud that “permeated” the Trump Organization – an indication that the state is getting closer to filing a formal complaint. Trump has previously sued James’ office in an attempt to block the proceedings, calling his investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
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Downstream from New York, the criminal investigation into the Trump Organization launched by former Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and now led by his successor, Alvin Bragg, has been silent since mid-December, when a trump accountants appeared before a grand jury to answer questions about the company’s business practices. Last summer, that investigation culminated in an actual indictment, when Vance accused Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, with 15 counts of evading $344,745 in taxes over more than a decade. Bragg has only been in office for about six weeks and has so far said nothing about his intention to pursue the investigation further or pursue criminal charges against the Trump empire. Stay tuned!