Explainer: What cases are currently going on against Donald Trump, what can happen in them

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The court’s verdict has come in the hush money case. Donald Trump is the first former US president to be found guilty in any criminal case. This has never happened in the history of America. Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 charges. The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before giving the verdict against Donald Trump. All this has happened just before the US presidential election, which is a big setback for Donald Trump. Now the hearing on what punishment Donald Trump will get will be held on July 11. According to a report by The Economist But it is unclear whether the other cases, which accuse him of defrauding the country and mishandling sensitive documents, will be decided before the election. Whether a majority of American voters will agree that Trump should face off against President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is uncertain.

falsification of business records
Trial: 15 April-30 May 2024

Donald Trump has been convicted in the only case that has gone to trial so far. Trump was found guilty on all 34 felony counts of tampering with business records. Chronologically, this charge was brought first, but in terms of importance, it is the least serious of the charges against Trump. Tampering with business records is not a crime unless it promotes another crime. The case was legally complex. Government lawyers aggravated his crime by arguing that Trump violated New York State election law which considers it a crime to conspire to influence the proceedings by unlawful means. The sentence in this case is scheduled for July 11. Although the former president may be sentenced to jail, most experts believe that this is unlikely because he is a first-time non-violent offender.

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Election interference in Georgia
The public prosecutor filed a motion on November 17, 2023, seeking a start on August 5, 2024
According to prosecutor Fani Willis, Trump committed a criminal act. He tried to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, a state he lost. On August 14, 2023, Willis convicted Trump of fraud and other charges. Trump used a law designed for the mafia to target his opponents. His alleged crimes vary. Some of his supporters, known as ‘fake voters’, are said to have submitted false paperwork to Congress claiming Trump had won in Georgia. His supporters allegedly harassed election workers and stole voting data. Willis claims Trump united them and inspired their illegal acts.

Election interference
Trial: Originally scheduled for March 4, 2024, but postponed
Jack Smith has alleged that Trump tried to change the result of the 2020 presidential election. This is the most serious case against the former president. Smith is an independent advocate appointed by US Attorney-General Merrick Garland. On August 1, 2023, Smith accused Trump of conspiring to defraud the United States, obstruct official proceedings, and deprive Americans of the right to have their votes counted. Trump’s lawyers argue that he should be exempt from prosecution for actions related to his official duties. Former presidents cannot be prosecuted in civil court for such actions, and Trump wants this “absolute presidential immunity” to extend to the criminal field. Smith says Trump’s alleged overturning of the election results was against official duty. The trial, which was originally scheduled to begin on March 4, has been delayed as a result of this appeal. On February 6, a Washington DC court rejected Trump’s argument. He had requested that the Supreme Court stop the trial.

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misuse of documents
Trial: postponed indefinitely
On June 13, 2023, in a separate case brought by Smith, Trump was tried in a Florida court on 37 charges in relation to his alleged misuse of classified documents after he left the White House. Most of the charges brought by the lawyer were brought under the Espionage Act of 1917, which makes it a crime to possess secret government documents without permission. The former president is said to have maintained records about the US nuclear-weapons program and the military capabilities of other countries. Trump is also accused of obstructing investigators. On July 27, 2023, the lawyers filed new charges accusing him of attempting to destroy evidence. They allege that the former president knew that possessing and leaking secret papers was a serious crime; that he hid them in unsecured locations and refused orders to hand them over; and that he bragged about their contents. The indictment claims that the documents were kept in various locations at Mar-a-Lago, the private club in Florida where Trump lives.

There are many more cases
Trump faces more civil trials. In May 2023, a jury in Manhattan found Trump liable for sexually abusing and later defaming author E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s. On January 26, a separate jury ordered him to pay more than $83 million in damages. New York state accused Trump of inflating his net worth to secure loans. The judge found Trump liable for fraud before proceedings even began, and on February 16 ordered him to pay $355 million (plus interest), barring him from holding a top New York corporation for three years.

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