Which procedures could put Trump behind bars

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Von: Johanna Soll

Ex-US President Trump is in the sights of the US judiciary. A Florida prosecutor says on TV which procedures he thinks could put Trump behind bars.

Washington, DC – The conduct of former US President Donald Trump is the subject of multiple criminal investigations in the United States. Dave Aronberg is the Attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, and has the US TV station MSNBC saidwhich procedures he believes could lead to a conviction of Trump.

According to Aronberg, these are the secret documents that Trump kept illegally in his Mar-a-Lago estate after the end of his presidency. “The documents are the greatest threat to Donald Trump’s future freedom because there is a direct link between Trump and the criminal act. It’s the obstruction of justice, it’s not possession of the documents, it’s his refusal to return them. So I think that’s the biggest threat to him.”

Donald Trump, former President of the USA © Roberto Schmidt / AFP

Donald Trump faces multiple charges

Criminal investigations are currently underway in several states that could lead to Trump being indicted:

  • The US Department of Justice has appointed Jack Smith as a special counsel to investigate Trump’s actions related to the storming of the Capitol.
  • Smith is also investigating hundreds of classified documents the FBI seized at Trump’s Florida home in August 2022.
  • The state of Georgia is investigating whether Trump and other of his followers attempted to subsequently manipulate the result of the 2020 US election.
  • Manhattan prosecutors are investigating whether Trump violated campaign finance laws in connection with hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 US election.

Trump: Civil lawsuits for financial fraud, defamation and rape

Several civil lawsuits are also pending against Trump, the two most prominent being filed in his hometown of New York City. New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued Trump, his three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, and their company, the Trump Organization, for multiple financial frauds.

The US journalist and author E. Jean Carroll is suing the ex-president in two lawsuits. First, for defamation, by rejecting the claim in her book that he raped her in the 90s and accusing her of wanting to boost book sales. On the other hand, Carroll subsequently sued Trump for rape due to a new law.

Problems for Trump: Strong evidence also in Georgia

According to prosecutor Aronberg, the Georgia trial is also a threat to Trump “because the district attorney there has said indictments are imminent.” And also, here’s an audio recording of Trump saying, ‘Find me 11,780 votes.’” That was weighty evidence and the jury chairperson had already hinted that Trump might be indicted.

Trump has so far denied the allegations in the criminal investigation and civil proceedings mentioned and has asserted his innocence. (Johanna Soll)

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