US President Donald Trump has to face several lawsuits after his time in the Oval Office. After the handover to Joe Biden, he loses his immunity as president. That could have enormous consequences for him.
Legally, it could be uncomfortable for US President Donald Trump after his unintentional departure from the White House. The list of allegations is long. He is threatened with lawsuits due to possible violations of campaign finance laws, corruption and obstruction of justice. The latter is primarily aimed at the Russia investigations by FBI special investigator Robert Mueller.
- An overview of the allegations:
- 1. Investigations at the “Trump Organization”
- 2. Michael Cohen’s lawsuit
- 3. The tax affair
- 4. Illegal campaign funding
- 5. Defamation action brought by E. Jean Carroll
- 6. Summer Zervos’ lawsuit
- 7. His niece sued for embezzlement
- 8. Allegations of embezzlement
- 9. Behavior in the corona pandemic
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Mueller found no evidence of secret agreements between the Trump camp and representatives of Russia prior to the 2016 election. However, he expressly did not exonerate Trump from the allegation of obstruction of justice. In his final report from March 2019, Mueller made it clear that charges could not be brought against a president during his term in office. But he also wrote that “a president has no immunity after leaving office”.
An overview of the allegations:
1. Investigations at the “Trump Organization”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating financial flows from Trump’s New York real estate company, the Trump Organization. The trial was initiated by Manhattan’s Attorney Cyrus Vance. Before the 2016 elections, Trump’s attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, is said to have arranged several hush money payments to women. They claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Especially the Case for former porn actress Stormy Daniels caused a stir.
Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels speaks to media representatives: A court has suspended the US porn actress’s trial against Donald Trump and his lawyer. (Source: Mary Altaffer / AP / dpa)
Trump’s ex-attorney Cohen told Congress in 2019 under oath that he had “no doubt” that Trump knew about the hush money payments. However, the investigation is even broader. Prosecutors involved are investigating whether the president and his company have been involved in bank fraud, insurance fraud, tax fraud and forgery of business records, CNN reported.
2. Michael Cohen’s lawsuit
There is also a legal battle between his former attorney Michael Cohen and the elected president. According to Reuters news agency, Cohen accused his former client of failing to pay more than $ 2 million in fees.
3. The tax affair
The New York State Attorney General is investigating whether Donald Trump has correctly reported his assets. Based on statements by Michael Cohen, New York District Attorney Letitia James announced that a fraud was being investigated. Cohen alleged that Trump, along with family members, “repeatedly inflated his total wealth when it served his purposes, such as trying to be among the wealthiest on Forbes’ rankings, and deflated his wealth to lower his property taxes.”
Prosecutor Vance had requested inspection of Trump’s tax returns from 2011 to 2018 because of the allegations – Trump resisted until the end. In this context, he was summoned during his tenure, but never appeared in court. Harry Sandick, a former New York District Attorney’s investigator, told CNN, “The fact that he’s claiming greater protection from subpoenas is largely based on his being President.”
The “New York Times” had leaked the incumbent president’s tax documents a few months ago and published extracts. It showed that Trump paid just $ 750 in taxes on his income last year.
4. Illegal campaign funding
The non-partisan Campaign Legal Center has also made serious allegations against Trump. The lawsuit states that the Trump team “masked” campaign spending worth nearly $ 170 million. To this end, donations were laundered in companies run by former campaign manager Brad Parscale or founded by lawyers from the Trump team. So far, everyone involved has denied the allegation, reports “Business Insider”.
5. Defamation action brought by E. Jean Carroll
Journalist E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of attempted rape. He publicly referred to her several times as a liar. So Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against him. According to her lawsuit, she and Trump met by chance in a department store in the fall of 1995 or in the spring of 1996. They first chatted about a see-through garment and then went to a locker room, where Trump pressed them against the wall and raped them. In addition to unspecified damages and a revocation of Trump’s statements, Carroll demands a DNA sample from the president. The aim is to determine whether this matches genetic material found on a dress that Carroll is said to have worn during the alleged attack.
A federal judge in New York has scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for the next month, reports the Daily Mail. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan issued an order on November 11 calling on Carroll and Trump’s lawyers to agree on a schedule for the process to proceed. If there is no agreement, both parties must appear in a conference call on December 11th before the judge.
6. Summer Zervos’ lawsuit
Summer Zervos, a former participant in Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” is suing the incumbent president for sexual harassment. She had already filed the first lawsuit in 2017. Trump is said to have sexually molested her in a hotel room in 2007. He denied the allegations. The process – including a possible subpoena for Trump to make an affidavit – has been put on hold pending his departure from office.
Summer Zervos: The reality star is suing Trump. (Source: UPI Photo / imago images)
7. His niece sued for embezzlement
Donald Trump must also expect legal action from his own family: Mary Trump, the president’s niece – and author of the book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” – sued Trump in September.
The lawsuit states that Trump, his sister, and his late brother cheated on Mary Trump of their fair share of the estate of Trump’s father, Fred Sr. It’s about an amount in the tens of millions.
8. Allegations of embezzlement
Trump threatens further legal trouble over allegations that he illegally channeled tax money into his own company. “Since his first month in office, Trump has used his power to channel US taxpayers – and his political supporters – millions into his own business,” wrote the Washington Post shortly before the election.
An example: at the meeting of the president with the then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in spring 2018, Trump’s vacation home Mar-a-Lago in Florida gave the US government 13,700 dollars (11,580 euros) for rooms, 16,500 dollars for food and wine and 6,000 dollars for Flowers charged.
9. Behavior in the corona pandemic
Glenn Kirschner, a former prosecutor, said Trump can and should be prosecuted for negligent homicide for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is reported by the portal “The Intercept”. However, this approach would be very controversial.
Kirschner worked for the US District Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for 24 years, eventually becoming head of the homicide division. There is currently no existing lawsuit against Trump in this regard.