As the second Senate accountability trial is underway, former President Donald Trump faces increasing legal scrutiny of his post-election conduct and business practices in the years leading up to his inauguration.
New York Attorney General Letitia James, who runs the civil case for Trump and her family business, told ABC News Live she was getting new evidence every day – “thousands and thousands” of documents – even as the former president was still resists. cooperating since leaving office.
“We are not achieving greater cooperation. They continue to obstruct us. They continue to make objections and, if necessary, we will try to enforce their testimonies and documents,” James said. “The evidence and the investigation will not change simply because Donald Trump is a private citizen today.”
James examined whether Trump had manipulated the value of some of his real estate holdings for tax and insurance purposes and had cleared at least four properties in three states, according to court records. The Trump Organization declined to comment on James ’interview with ABC News.
Trump’s lawyers have long denied the violations, calling the probe “politically motivated.” Second, the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to block the issuance of its tax returns, and a decision is imminent.
“At the moment, we do not expect [former] President of the United States, but all possibilities are spread out. “James said of his investigation.” Provided we detect any crime, we will contact the authority to turn our investigation into a criminal case. “
Trump may have potential criminal liability on a number of fronts.
Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, has led an ongoing state criminal investigation into possible banking, tax and insurance fraud by the Trump Organization.
Meanwhile, Georgian election officials on Monday announced the first official inquiry into Trump’s efforts to overthrow the election results in that state, while Colombian district attorney general Karl Racine said he was considering possible charges of incitement to trump in Trump’s death row last month. at the American Capitol.
“Under DC law, inciting violence is a criminal offense. It is the responsibility of my office to investigate whether these words have gone beyond the protection of the First Amendment and entered the crime zone for inciting captive-liquidating mobs,” Racine told Late ABC News late. last month.
An analysis of court documents and news reports from ABC News found that at least 14 of the alleged insurgents, who now have criminal prosecution, have since been said to follow Trump’s encouragement.
“Just because someone gave a speech and people were excited, that doesn’t mean it’s the fault of the person who handles the speech,” Trump’s attorney, Trump’s attorney, told KYW Newsradio last week’s interview. “People got excited and did what they thought was bad.”
Trump’s lawyers also denied that the former president’s January phone calls to Georgia’s election officials were inappropriate or threatening, and wrote in a brief statement to the U.S. Senate in defense of accountability that the president was simply “expressing his views.”
In a call now publicly recorded, Trump asked Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes for the victory, despite Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia being confirmed twice.
“There’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know you’ve recalculated,” they hear Trump on the recording saying to Raffensperger.
“So what are we going to do here, people? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Take a break,” Trump said at another point in the call.
John F. Banzahf, III, a professor of public law at George Washington University who has filed a number of complaints about the call with Georgian officials, said Trump’s remarks violate three state criminal laws: conspiracy to commit electoral fraud, incitement to commit electoral fraud. and intentional interference with an election official.
“I like to think that Georgian officials are doing what the law requires, they are doing a thorough investigation, and if they do, I think they will conclude that they have violated criminal law and act accordingly,” Banzhaf said. ABC News Live.
Following the fact-finding investigation by the Georgian Foreign Office, the State Election Commission is expected to vote on whether the case will be referred to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Fani Willis, Fulton County District Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Willis described Trump’s call as “disturbing” in his statement after it was made public and undertook to review the matter aggressively and fairly if referred to.
“I know DA Willis and he will move as quickly as possible, but he won’t move on just to satisfy anyone, whether a Democrat or a Republican,” Joshua Morrison, a former senior assistant to Fulton County District Lawyer, told ABC News Live. Morrison said he thought Willis would probably continue the investigation, although it could take months or years.
“I think it’s very possible to see a criminal charge against former President Donald Trump in the near future,” said Claire Finkelstein, director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Trump still has allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades and may soon face an oath.
A New York judge recently allowed the defamation case of Trump’s accuser and former Elle magazine writer E. Jean Carroll to move forward as his lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, vows to challenge the former president over a story of false and misleading allegations.
“When we’re detached, you’re not going to get away with this,” Kaplan told The Washington Post in a recent profile. “He had the cloak of the presidency, and it’s over now.”
Trump said he “has no idea who this woman is” and calls Carroll’s claims “completely false.”
“The fact that Republicans are unlikely to vote to condemn Trump in the indictment is all the more reason why if he committed violations of the law, as I think he did in Georgia, and perhaps in New York and elsewhere, that they have to be brought to justice for them – otherwise he will land without Scotland, “Banzhaf added.
Historians say the former U.S. president’s investigation and possible prosecution are unprecedented.
“It is important that we thoroughly and fully examine all the facts and make sure that our allegations are supported by the evidence,” James, the Attorney General of New York, said. “I can’t give you a time frame” to close the investigation.
“This investigation is not based on politics,” he said. – It’s based on the law and the evidence.