Donald Trump’s probes aren’t going away anytime soon

Thursday’s events served as a stark reminder that Donald Trump’s legal woes are far from done.

First, New York Attorney General Letitia James petitioned a New York court to hold the former President in civil contempt for allegedly refusing to turn over records linked to an inquiry into whether he overvalued and undervalued his assets to achieve advantageous loan terms.

According to a filing from James’ office, Trump’s legal team filed 16 objections to James’ request on the day set as a deadline for Trump to turn over the records last month. Trump should be penalized $10,000 every day until all of the required records are turned up, according to James’ office.

Then came word from the office of New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who stated that the investigation into Trump was still ongoing. “Investigations aren’t always straightforward. So that’s what we’re doing: we’re following the leads in front of us “Bragg stated. “The investigation is still going on.”

This announcement comes six weeks after two prosecutors resigned from the inquiry, prompting Trump’s legal team to declare a preemptive triumph in the case.

Bragg’s office is investigating claims of tax fraud.

The dual incidents on Thursday emphasize the fact that the main roadblock to a Trump re-election bid in 2024 may be legal, not political.

On the latter, the Republican Party appears to be totally at Trump’s disposal — and early polling suggests he would easily win a primary.

Trump’s legal problems, though, continue to be substantial. Aside from the two investigations in New York, several Democrats on the House committee investigating the disturbance at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, are pushing for charges against the former President.

E. Jean Carroll has filed a defamation complaint against Trump. Last month, Trump was unsuccessful in his attempt to countersue, with the judge dismissing the countersuit as “futile” and accused the former President of using it as a delaying ploy.

To be clear, Trump has never been charged with a crime or convicted of one. And he refutes all of the charges leveled against him.

But it’s tough not to perceive the plethora of legal actions pending against the former President as, at best, a major distraction while he considers his own political future.

Trump’s legal tactic has frequently been to sue everyone and everything in order to muddy the waters and bog down processes in any given case.

In the case of the January 6 committee’s inquiries, that method may possibly bear fruit. Several prominent Trump advisers, including Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino, have refused to testify, and the Democratic-led House has held them in contempt. The committee’s work would likely come to an end if Republicans win control of the House in the fall elections.

As a result of this fact, some Democrats are pressuring Attorney General Merrick Garland to move quickly on the committee’s recommendations from January 6.

Last month, Virginia Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria told Garland, “Do your job so we can do ours.”

 

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