FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property is one of several investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate marked a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of police scrutiny of the former president, but the Florida operation is just one part of an investigation related to Trump and his time. in the office.

The potential legal hazard from multiple sectors arises as Trump lays groundwork for another presidential bid in 2024. He has denied wrongdoing and worked to portray Monday’s search as a weapon of the criminal justice system and a political ploy to avoid another term, though the Biden White House said it was unaware and the current FBI director was appointed. originally by Triumph.

Here’s a look at the ongoing investigations in different states and locations:

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THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Monday’s FBI search came as part of an investigation into whether he brought classified White House records to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said. Trump himself publicly confirmed the search, with a fiery statement condemning it as “prosecutorial misconduct” and saying that agents had broken into a safe in his home.

While Trump did not say what the search was related to, the Justice Department has been investigating possible mishandling of classified information for months. It began after the National Archives and Records Administration he said he had received 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-a-Lago, including documents containing classified information.

There are several federal laws that dictate how classified records and sensitive government documents must be handled, including statutes that make it a crime to dispose of such material.

A search does not necessarily mean that criminal charges are imminent, but to obtain a warrant, federal agents would have to convince a judge that they have probable cause to believe a crime occurred.

2020 ELECTIONS AND CAPITOL RIOTS

The Justice Department is investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection and efforts to overturn elections that he falsely claimed were stolen, though it remains unclear if the former president is a direct target of the investigation.

A federal grand jury recently aforementioned White House counsel under Trump, Pat Cipollone and Cipollone’s top deputy, suggesting that prosecutors view Trump’s close aides as potentially vital witnesses.

Federal prosecutors have focused especially on a scheme by Trump allies to elevate false presidential voters in key battleground states won by Joe Biden as a way to subvert the vote, issuing subpoenas in recent weeks to several state presidents of the republican party.

In June, authorities also searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer known for defending Trump’s false claims of voter fraud.

The Justice Department investigation runs parallel to an investigation by a US House Committee which has held several public hearings, including in prime time, on efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss.

That House committee does not have the power to bring criminal charges, but legal experts have said the testimony gives prosecutors territory to explore, including the claim that Trump sought to join his supporters in the march to Capitol Hill on January 6. after holding a rally or dismissing warnings that people in the crowd are gunning.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Trump also faces multiple civil lawsuits related to January 6. A federal judge has rejected Trump’s attempt to dismiss lawsuits brought by lawmakers and Capitol Police officers, saying the former president’s words “plausibly” led to the riot. Trump’s lawyers are appealing.

GEORGIA:

After his loss in the 2020 election, Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and urged him to “find” the votes needed to overturn his narrow defeat in the state.

That January 2 phone call is part of an investigation by a prosecutor in Atlanta that could pose a more immediate legal threat to Trump.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said she is contemplating subpoenaing Trump for testimony, a move that would seek to force him to cooperate with a criminal investigation.

Prosecutors have already sought testimony from Trump associates, including attorney Rudy Giuliani and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

They have also warned Georgia Republicans who served as bogus voters that they risk prosecution. They signed a certificate stating that Trump had won the election and declared themselves electors of the state, even though Biden had won the state and a list of Democratic electors had already been certified.

Trump has repeatedly described his call to Raffensperger as “perfect.”

NEW YORK:

New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil investigation into allegations that the former president’s company, the Trump Organization, misled banks and tax authorities about the value of assets such as golf courses and skyscrapers to obtain loans and tax benefits.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has also long been conducting a parallel criminal investigation into Trump’s real estate dealings.

In May, James’ office said it was nearing the end of its investigation and that investigators had amassed substantial evidence that could support legal action, such as a lawsuit, against Trump, his company, or both.

Trump is expected to be questioned under oath in the James investigation this month. Two of the former president’s adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, were recently questioned in the investigation.

The Manhattan district attorney’s investigation appeared to be moving toward a possible criminal indictment but slowed after a new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, took office in January. Bragg has said that the investigation of him continues.

Manhattan prosecutors charged the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with tax fraud last summer. Prosecutors said Weisselberg collected more than $1.7 million in unofficial compensation. Weisselberg and the company have pleaded not guilty.

Trump has denied the allegations and dismissed the investigations on political grounds.

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Richer reported from Boston.

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