May 19, 2024

Donald Trump faces 4 indictments and 91 criminal charges

Donald J. Trump received indictments by New York in March, Georgia in August and the Federal Government in June. 

Alan Braggs, the New York district attorney, accused Trump of serious crimes stemming from Bragg’s investigation of “hush-money payments” of $130,000 from the 2016 presidential campaign to keep negative information about Trump under wraps to preserve his campaign. Braggs presented his case to a New York federal grand jury that voted to indict Trump. 

Yet his arraignment is currently waived. 

Trump’s campaign said, “This is nothing more than the latest corrupt chapter in the continued pathetic attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their weaponized Department of Justice to interfere with the 2024 Presidential Election, in which President Trump is the undisputed frontrunner.” 

Trump has 3 scheduled trials and a 4th trial pending. 

The first trial is March 4, 2024, regarding the 2020 federal election certification. 

Trump is charged with multiple conspiracies to defraud the United States. These include conspiracy to obstruct and obstruction of the certification of the electoral vote on January 6, 2021, and conspiracy to harm the right to vote and having a vote counted. 

Trump allegedly pressured state legislators and officials to reject election results by breaching election equipment to stop Congress certification of results. Trump allegedly  had his lawyer, John Eastman, attempt to push legal arguments onto Mike Pence to overturn the election results (even after the attack on the Capitol). 

The second trial is March 25, 2024. 

Trump is against New York prosecution on 34 charges of falsifying business records and handling classified documents in the first degree. 

The third trial is May 20, 2024. 

This is the federal classified documents case on 40 federal criminal charges regarding his handling of classified government documents. Allegedly, Trump knowingly took government classified documents to his Mar-a-Lago home after leaving office and obstructed investigators from retrieving them. 

On August 14, 2023, Trump was indicted on 13 criminal charges about the interference in the Georgia 2020 presidential election results.

Trump was charged for Violation of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; solicitation of a public officer violating their oath to office; conspiracy to impersonate a public officer to commit first degree forgery to issue false statements, writings, and file false documents. 

Trump has pleaded not guilty against all charges. 

Since there is now a courtroom without statements, a hearing in New York will take place on December 4, 2023 where Judge Juan Merchan will rule on the expected motions of Trump’s team to dismiss the case. 

This is the first time a former U.S. president has been charged with a criminal offense—let alone 91—after leaving office. 

Trump states, “This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history.” 

Trump’s mugshot has become viral across social media platforms. Filters have been placed on Trump’s face, from dog ears to altering his face with photoshop. People have been making memes, shirts and video edits of the mugshot. Democrats and Republicans alike find the mugshot amusing. Democrats view it as a symbol of the system holding Trump accountable while Republicans find it as a symbol of the system standing in the way of Trump.

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  • Megan Martinez

    Megan is a second-year Political Science, History, and Spanish major. She is the President of Students Latinx of Affinities, the Humanities Representatives in Student Government, a Smooth Transitions mentor and a member of the Capital University Dance Team. In her free time, she loves to watch movies.

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