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The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election

Here is an updated list of notable investigations and lawsuits and the latest developments:

Of particular interest are Trump’s activities on January 6 and efforts to use government leverage to nullify the election, according to CNN reports.

The committee has issued at least 80 subpoenas seeking testimony or phone records from close Trump advisers, including Rudy Giuliani and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally and former White House staffers. Some GOP lawmakers have also been asked to cooperate as well.
The panel obtained more than 2,000 text messages from Meadows, including exchanges with GOP lawmakers, the Trump family, Fox host Sean Hannity and conservative activist Ginni Thomas, among others.

Multiple sources previously told CNN that the committee plans to produce a multimedia presentation and hire a writer as part of its effort to turn its largely secretive work into a compelling narrative.

January 6: Lawsuits filed by Democratic lawmakers and police

Several Democratic lawmakers and members of the United States Capitol Police and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police are suing Trump, claiming his words and actions incited the riot. Various cases accuse Trump of directing assault; complicity in assault and battery; and violate local Washington, DC laws that prohibit incitement to riot and disorderly behavior.
In February, a federal judge said Trump’s statements to his supporters before the riot “constitute the essence of the civil conspiracy,” Judge Amit Mehta wrote in a 112-page opinion, as Trump spoke about him themselves and participants working “towards a common goal” of combat. and walking down Pennsylvania Avenue.

“The president’s January 6 rally speech can reasonably be seen as a call for collective action,” Mehta said, allowing civil affairs to move forward.

The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election

Mehta, however, dismissed challenges against Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr. and GOP Rep. Mo Brooks.

Trump and his top advisers have not been charged with any crime. Trump and others who are being sued have argued they were not responsible for the actions of the people who stormed the Capitol.

White House Papers: Moved to Mar-a-Lago? Classified? Flushed?

The National Archives, responsible for collecting and sorting presidential material, says at least 15 boxes of White House documents were recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including documents that may have been classified.
It was widely reported that Trump would also tear up documents at the White House, but Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported that some could have been flushed down the toilet. (Trump denied this.)
Any unauthorized retention or destruction of White House documents raises a red flag under a criminal law that prohibits the removal or destruction of official government records, legal experts told CNN.

The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating.

Election 2020: Efforts to overturn Georgia results

Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis on Monday launched a special grand jury to investigate what Trump or his allies may have done in their effort to undo Biden’s victory in Georgia.
The investigation was launched last year following Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he urged the Republican to “find” votes to overturn the election results.

“This is a criminal investigation. We’re not playing a game here,” Willis told CNN’s Sara Murray. “I plan to use the power of the law. We are all citizens.”

The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election

As part of the investigation, Willis dug into Trump’s calls with Raffensperger and another official in the secretary of state’s office; the presentations Giuliani made to state lawmakers that were riddled with election lies; a phone call between South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger; and the sudden departure of Byung “BJay” Pak, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Willis was the target of racist threats and asked the FBI for security assistance.

Election 2020: Fake Voters in Michigan

The Justice Department is examining one aspect of a conspiracy to introduce fake voters from seven states after a referral from Michigan’s state attorney general.

Fake certificates were created by Trump allies in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico, who sought to replace valid presidential voters in their states with a pro- Trump.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said tampering with public records and election records could result in nearly 20 years in prison, depending on state law. Although no one has been charged with a crime, Nessel said she referred her investigation into the Michigan effort to the US Department of Justice.
The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election

A fake Michigan voter bragged at a recent event hosted by a local Republican organization that the Trump campaign led the whole operation.

“We fought to get voters to sit down. The Trump campaign asked us to do that,” Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock said at a public event last week hosted by the conservative group Stand Up. Michigan, according to a recording obtained by CNN.

Trump Organization: NY AG Criminal and Civil Investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating Trump’s namesake company and recently detailed what her office considers to be “misleading or fraudulent” financial statements.

James says his office uncovered ‘significant’ evidence ‘indicating the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset appraisals to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage and deductions tax”.

She recently expanded her civil investigation to include the role of the company’s longtime appraiser, Cushman & Wakefield.

The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election
In April, a state judge ruled to hold Trump in civil contempt in a fight over James’ subpoena for documents.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly said James’ investigation was politically motivated.

Trump Organization: NY DA Criminal Investigation

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg inherited that office’s investigation into Trump’s businesses, but charges seem more unlikely because the grand jury has expired.
Prosecutors were focusing on the accuracy of the Trump Organization’s financial statements when seeking funding, people familiar with the matter told CNN.
The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election
But in February, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, two senior prosecutors on the team, resigned last month – a day after Bragg informed them he was not ready to pursue criminal charges, Kara Scannell reported. from CNN.

Personal finances: Dispute with niece Mary Trump

Trump and his niece Mary are in court for his cut of a 2001 family settlement.

In 2020, Mary Trump sued Trump, her sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired judge, and the executor of her late uncle Robert Trump’s estate, alleging “they devised and executed an elaborate scheme to siphon funds away from his interests, cover up their scam”. , and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited.”

Meanwhile, the former president is suing his niece and the New York Times in New York State court over disclosure of his tax information.

Defamation: trial for denial of rape charges by E. Jean Carroll

E. magazine writer Jean Carroll alleged that Trump raped her in a New York department store dressing room in the mid-1990s and defamed her when he denied the rape, said she was not her type and alleged that she had pretended to increase sales of her book.

The latest investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 election

Trump and the Justice Department say Trump was a federal employee and that his statements denying Carroll’s allegations were made in response to questions from reporters while he was in the White House. They argue that the Justice Department should be replaced as a defendant, which, because the government cannot be sued for defamation, would end the lawsuit.

A federal judge denied that effort. The DOJ and Trump appealed the decision, and no decision has been made.

Trump lost an attempted countersuit earlier this year. A judge called Trump’s motion “futile.” He agreed with Carroll’s argument that Trump’s effort was “at least partly for the purpose of delay and therefore at least partly in bad faith.”

Michael Cohen: Claims of retaliation against Trump and Barr

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is suing Trump, former attorney general William Barr and others, alleging they put him back in jail to stop him from promoting his next book while in lockdown home.
Cohen was serving the remainder of his sentence for lying to Congress and violating his campaign at home, due to Covid-19 concerns, when he launched a social media campaign in the summer of 2020, Courthouse reported. News.

In retaliation, Cohen says he was returned to prison and spent 16 days in solitary confinement until a federal judge intervened.

CNN’s Kara Scannell contributed to this report.


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