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Stormy Daniels and other violations: what criminal cases are open against Trump

There is a possibility that the jury of the Manhattan court will issue an indictment against the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. But he will face scrutiny as part of other ongoing investigations, which may be accompanied by other allegations. What are these investigations, the publication said NPR.

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Litigation — from New York, Georgia, and the federal Department of Justice — could flip the 2024 presidential race that Trump has already announced his candidacy for.

He had to endure many investigations - remember the Mueller test or impeachment. But the criminal charges and subsequent arrest could have dramatic consequences for his 2024 campaign. Never before has a president been charged with a crime.

Stormy Daniels Investigation (Manhattan District Attorney's Office)

This criminal case focuses on a $130 hush payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress produced shortly before the 000 election, to silence her claims of an affair with Trump.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says he and Trump had an affair during the famous 2006 golf tournament. As Trump's campaign for the presidency gained momentum, the actress offered to sell her story to secular magazines. In October, the National Enquirer, a longtime Trump-friendly outlet, warned Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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Cohen negotiated with Daniels to pay her $130 in exchange for keeping the story a secret. Her lawyer received the money from Cohen on October 000, less than two weeks before the election.

When Trump was elected president, Cohen was reimbursed a total of $420 in taxes and other expenses. Some of the compensation checks were signed by Trump himself, who admitted to giving Cohen back the money paid to Daniels. He denied having an affair.

According to court records, top Trump Organization officials defined the refund as "legal fees."

Now Grand jury examines whether Trump committed a felony under New York State law: forged business documents to cover up another crime, such as violating campaign finance laws with silence money.

The case is filed by Alvin Bragg Jr., who was elected New York County District Attorney in 2021. He took over from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr., who launched a broad criminal investigation into Trump's business activities while he was still president.

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office invited Trump to testify before a grand jury. In New York, this is usually a signal that charges will be brought soon, as potential defendants should be able to answer questions before an indictment is reached. Trump turned down an offer to testify.

2020 Georgia Election Interference Investigation (Fulton County District Attorney's Office)

The case in Georgia focuses on the actions of Trump and his allies in the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, when they pressured state officials to make amends for his loss in state.

After Trump lost the state, he repeatedly called Georgia state officials to pressure them to find ways to change the outcome, including an infamous call to Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021 in which he instructed Republican Raffensperger to "find 11 votes." Trump called Gov. Brian Kemp and the state attorney general to urge them to challenge the election results.

The investigation examined, among other things, attempts to send fake voter lists to the Electoral College to prove that Trump won, not Joe Biden.

The investigation is being led by Fanny Willis, chief prosecutor of Fulton County, Georgia, where a special grand jury heard more than 70 witnesses for eight months. Their work was completed in early January. Part of their report was made public last month, but the judge ruled that much of it must remain confidential for now.

Willis said decisions on the indictments are "inevitable." It is unclear whether Trump will be among the accused. Possible offenses for him or others may include incitement to electoral fraud, lying to government agencies, and racketeering.

Investigations into Trump's actions due to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and his mishandling of classified documents (U.S. Department of Justice)

The US Department of Justice is conducting two ongoing investigations into Trump's possible criminal activities. Both of these investigations are being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in 2022.

One of the investigations focuses on how Trump handled classified documents after the end of his presidency. Trump's attorney confirmed last June that a "thorough search" of classified documents had been conducted at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, and all documents found had been handed over to federal authorities. But two months later, an FBI raid uncovered more than 100 documents.

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President Biden was implicated in his own classified documents scandal after files were found to be incorrectly stored at his Delaware home and at the Washington DC think tank office he previously used. Another special adviser was appointed to investigate the case.

Smith also considers Trump's attempt to interfere in the 2020 election. As part of that investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous Trump allies and aides. They also subpoenaed former Vice President Mike Pence, who was heavily pressured by Trump to cancel the election results during the Jan. 6 certification process.

Prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of Save America, a Trump-affiliated political action committee.

The Justice Department's investigation is ongoing. Little is known about when charges will be brought, if any. But as the 2024 election draws near, any accusation is sure to entail accusations of political motives.

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