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Trump’s biggest problem isn’t in New York: ‘Like Dominos Falls’

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Trump’s biggest problem isn’t in New York: ‘Like Dominos Falls’

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Multiple legal experts said that rumours of an indictment of Trump’s ex-president in connection to an alleged hushmoney scheme involving Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, may not be Trump’s biggest legal worry. Newsweek.

Apart from the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s hush money investigation, Trump could be in serious legal trouble due to serious criminal investigations pertaining to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Trump’s involvement in the January 6 Capitol Riot, whether or not he tried to overturn 2020 election results in Georgia, and his alleged mishandling of classified papers found at his Mar-A-Lago home.

Trump himself suggested that he might be indicted Tuesday in Bragg’s investigation into whether Trump paid Daniels $130,000 for their alleged affair before 2016.

Trump has made Bragg the object of his verbal vitriol over the past two weeks. Trump has called Bragg a “racist” who cares only about “getting” Trump. The former president said that Bragg should be held responsible for the crime “interfering in a presidential election.”

Donald Trump, former president of the United States, speaks to reporters prior to his speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, (CPAC), at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, March 4, 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland. Newsweek has been told by legal experts that multiple criminal investigations can be launched against the former president.
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Trump and other Republicans have criticized the district attorney for his association with George Soros, a billionaire progressive philanthropist. Soros’ Color of Change PAC donated $500,000 to Bragg’s 2021 campaign.

Trump called Bragg a “Soros backed radical left prosecutor.” Trump’s potential GOP rival, Ron DeSantis of Florida, described Bragg as a “Soros funded prosecutor.”

Some have criticized Bragg’s approach to the job. Bragg told prosecutors that he would not seek jail time for any of the most serious crimes within a few days of taking office in January 2022. He apologized for the “confusion” and said that prosecutors should use their judgement when dealing with individual cases.

Manhattan Case: A Uphill Battle for Prosecutors

Clark Cunningham, a Georgia State University law professor, said Newsweek Telefonic statement that indictments arising from the various pending investigations into Trump “would almost definitely be more important than an Indictment in Manhattan.”

He said that those cases relate to safety, security, and stability of the country. However, the accusations against Daniels were made seven years ago, before Trump was elected.

He stated that Trump’s accusations in the Fulton County, Georgia probe are “probably the most serious thing he could be accused of.” As part of the probe, over 70 witnesses testified.

“If the ex-president is indicted by a Fulton County grand jury in Georgia, the indictment would likely allege Trump was directly involved, possibly as the mastermind in a wide range actions that were intended to stop Georgia’s vote from going to the electoral college. [President Joe] “Biden,” Cunningham stated via telephone.

Florida-based attorney Bradford Cohen told Newsweek The prosecution faces “several big obstacles” in trying to charge Trump.

Cohen stated via email that he would not recommend Cohen being charged for “a minor crime”, seven years after the allegations were made. Cohen also said that Cohen was not likely to pursue this route if he wanted to see the bigger picture.

He referred to New York’s state campaign laws and federal election laws. The prosecution was in his view facing a difficult battle to meet the burden of proof to prove that Trump participated in the money transfer from Daniels for the sole purpose his campaign.

He also questions Trump’s former attorney and “fixer”, Michael Cohen. According to Lanny Davis, Cohen has spoken 18 times with Manhattan prosecutors.

“Relying on individuals who have credibility problems or bias issues [is also problematic]He said. “They can use extrinsic evidence to support their testimony, but they are very poor witnesses considering their past statements.

Jack Smith back in the spotlight

The investigation into classified documents took a dramatic turn recently that could bring the case back to the forefront.

Beryl A. Howell, the former Chief Judge of District of Columbia, allowed the DOJ to question Trump’s personal attorney, Evan Corcoran. However, notes between Corcoran’s and Trump were given to prosecutors. The Daily Beast.

Cunningham cited the January 6, Committee’s attempts at accessing documents between Trump and John Eastman, his hired attorney. Eastman argued that attorney-client privilege should protect them.

Cunningham stated that if Chief Judge Howell ruled that the crime-fraud exemption applied to DOJ questioning Evan Corcoran, a former Trump lawyer, we can assume she found it likely that Trump communicated in relation to the commission of a criminal and that those communications were related and in furtherance to the crime.”

A possible charge stemming from correspondence between Trump & Corcoran would be obstruction of justice, a federal felony that can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment.

Cunningham claimed that such a charge would arise from false statements made by Corcoran to the FBI that he was transferring all classified documents that had been subpoenaed in a federal grand jury. However, a subsequent search revealed many more documents classified at Mar-a-Lago.

He said that indictments regarding classified documents or January 6 could be a conspiracy to “affect the entire nation” and the fundamental constitutional principle of a lawful transfer of power based upon democratic elections.

This also gives Jack Smith, the special counsel, more power in his investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6th and classified documents cases.

“Special counsel Jack Smith poses a serious threat to Trump’s freedom as he has the ability to question Trump’s personal attorney, Evan Corcoran about the classified documents scandal but, more importantly, he also has Corcoran’s private communications to Trump,” Andrew Lieb stated. Newsweek via email.

He said: “That being said, it’s impossible to separate Trump’s legal issues at this point. The smartest legal strategy is for all prosecutors indict Trump everywhere at once, like dominos falling, where he doesn’t even know which side he is on in defending his liberty.”

Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, heeded warnings. Newsweek Email: None of the cases are “easy.”

He said that all cases have their pitfalls and risks. “The federal cases are most likely to result if Mr. Trump is convicted. It doesn’t matter if the case is stronger or not, we need to let the process unfold.”

Update 03/21/23, 7 :28 p.m. ET: This story was updated to correct a comment by Bradford Cohen about the prosecution’s difficulties in charging Trump.

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