The Latest Developments in Trump’s Legal Cases

Former President Donald Trump is facing multiple lawsuits and 91 felony counts across four criminal cases. Here’s the latest updates. 

E. Jean Carroll Defamation Case  

Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to pay E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million dollars for defaming her after she bravely came forward in 2019 to accuse him of sexual assault. On January 16th, the defamation trial began to determine the damages and resulted in the huge victory for Ms. Carroll and her legal team. Ms. Carroll was awarded $5 million dollars in a previous trial where they found that Trump did assault and defame Carroll. 

The defamation case was brought to court after Mr. Trump used his influence over supporters to attack Ms. Carroll on his Truth Social website, on the campaign trail, and in news conferences. In a 2019 interview, Trump denied the allegations, called Ms. Carroll a “whack job,” and stated, “she’s not my type.”

As the years-long trial draws to its conclusion, Ms. Carroll’s win in the defamation case sparks hope for justice. Ms. Carroll finally got the closure she deserved after years of suffering. In an interview after her case had concluded she stated, “It was like he was like nothing, like an emperor without clothes.” 

Trump Organization Civil Fraud Case 

On top of his defamation trial, Mr. Trump could also be ordered to pay up to an additional $370 million dollars after his civil trial wrapped up last Thursday, in which the office of New York accused him and his company of fraud. The trial accuses Mr. Trump of lying about the value of his assets for personal gain. Justice Arthur Engoron is said to be issuing a ruling that states how much Trump and the Trump Organization should pay on January 31st. 

January 6th Indictment

Trump was indicted on four charges in a federal case related to his role in the January 6th attack on the Capital and his attempts to remain in power after losing the election to President Joe Biden. A trial is scheduled for March 4th, 2024. The charges are:

  • One count of conspiracy to violate civil rights by attempting to reverse the 2020 presidential election. 
  • One count detailing the conspiracy to defraud the US government. 
  • One count related to obstructing the process of vote certification proceedings on January 6th. 
  • One count related to conspiring to obstruct the process of vote certification proceedings.

Georgia Indictment 

Trump and 18 others were indicted on 41 charges in Fulton County, Georgia on charges related to attempting to overturn the state’s election results and suppress voters. No trial date has been set but charges have been filed. 

The charges are: 

  • 22 counts related to forgery or false documents and statements.
  • 8 counts related to soliciting or impersonating public officers.
  • 3 counts related to influencing a witness. 
  • 1 count related to racketeering. 
  • 1 count related to perjury.

Classified Documents Case 

In June, Trump was charged with 40 criminal counts for unlawful possession and handling of government documents after he had left office. A trial date has been set for May 20, 2024. 

  • 32 counts related to illegally keeping classified documents post-presidency.
  • 7 counts related to obstructing the investigation by attempting to block document retrieval.
  • 3 counts related to false statements made by Trump regarding the investigation. 

Manhattan Criminal Case 

Trump was indicted on 34 charges related to falsifying his business records in order to reimburse his lawyer Michael Cohen after Cohen paid Stormy Daniels. 

A trial date has been set for March 25, 2024. 

  • 11 counts related to false invoices submitted by Cohen for legal fees. 
  • 11 counts related to checks written by Trump to Cohen as reimbursement.
  • 12 counts related to account records made to reimburse Trump for the payments.

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