The legal troubles Trump is facing following the hush money charges

Donald Trump’s list is filling up.

The former president’s indictment in Manhattan on Thursday for making a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election is just one of several legal battles he’s currently embroiled in.

Prosecutor Alvin Bragg’s decision marks the first time a criminal case has been brought against a former commander-in-chief.

But as Trump fights for another term as president in 2024, the 76-year-old faces a slew of legal issues — from the classified documents discovered at his Mar-a-Lago estate to his role in the Capitol riots and a tax fraud lawsuit.

The Republican has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insisted he would be targeted by Democrats.

Here’s a rundown of the other legal issues hanging over Trump’s head:

The Raid on Mar-a-Lago

Trump faces an ongoing Justice Department criminal investigation into whether he improperly kept classified documents at his Florida resort after leaving the White House in early 2021.

The FBI seized 13,000 documents when it executed a search warrant at Trump’s home last August. Of these files, about 100 were marked as secret – including some files classified as top secret, which is the highest level of secrecy.

Classified Documents
Donald Trump faces an investigation into whether he wrongly kept secret documents in Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House in 2021.

Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned Jack Smith, a former Brooklyn federal attorney, to investigate whether Trump also attempted to obstruct a federal investigation into the holding of the classified documents.

As part of the investigation, prosecutors have spent months questioning people close to Trump – including an aide caught by surveillance cameras moving boxes of documents in Mar-a-Lago.

Trump has repeatedly accused the DOJ of engaging in a partisan “witch hunt” by investigating the case

The Uprising in the Capitol and the 2020 Election

Smith is also investigating Trump’s actions after the 2020 election – including efforts to overturn results he claimed were stolen and the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Federal prosecutors have already brought several former Trump administration officials for questioning before a Washington grand jury.

DC Chief US District Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to also testify and answer questions about his talks with Trump ahead of the Capitol riots.

In a sealed ruling, the judge said Pence must provide the grand jury with details of potentially illegal actions by Trump when his MAGA supporters broke into the Capitol.

donald trump
Aside from the indictments filed in Manhattan on Thursday, Donald Trump faces a number of other legal issues.

Separately, last December, the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots asked the DOJ to file criminal charges against Trump and allies who helped him engage in a criminal “multiple conspiracy” to overturn the election results.

In a lengthy report, the committee called for Trump to be charged with corruption in an official process, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make false testimony, and instigating or aiding a riot.

Voter rigging investigation in Georgia

A Georgia district attorney is also investigating Trump’s alleged efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat in that state.

The investigation was sparked by the revelation of a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call Trump made to Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find 11,780 votes” — just enough to overtake Joe Biden and his squire to reverse loss in state .

Among those being questioned before a special grand jury were ex-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.

Uprising in the Capitol
The House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots urged the DOJ last December to file criminal charges against Trump.
James Keivom

Fulton County DA Fani Willis, a Democrat who will ultimately decide whether to indict Trump, told a judge in January that a special grand jury had done its job and that indictment decisions were “imminent.”

The panel’s foreman announced in February that the panel had recommended several charges but declined to name specific names.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and called his phone call with Raffensperger “perfect.”

E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegation

E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, has filed two sexual assault and defamation lawsuits against Trump in federal court in New York.

Carroll has accused Trump of defaming her by denying allegations that he raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.

The writer first sued Trump when he told a White House reporter in 2019 that he didn’t know Carroll, that “she’s not my type,” and that she lied about the alleged attack to boost sales of her memoir.

E. Jean Caroll
E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, has sued Trump for defamation after denying allegations that he raped her at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.

Carroll filed a second lawsuit after Trump posted on social media last October that her rape allegations were a “hoax,” a “lie,” a “cheater,” and a “complete fraud.”

The latter lawsuit involves a battery action under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which gives adults a one-year window to sue alleged attackers even after statutes of limitations have expired.

This case is scheduled to go before the court on April 25.

Trump and Carroll are currently awaiting a decision from a DC appeals court on whether the former president should be immune from the first lawsuit under local law.

New York Attorney General’s tax fraud lawsuit

New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and his Trump organization last September for fraud, which she called “stunning.”

She alleges in the civil suit that she misled banks and tax authorities about the value of assets — including Trump’s many golf courses and Manhattan skyscrapers — in order to obtain credit and tax benefits.

Letizia James
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and his Trump organization for fraud last September.
AFP via Getty Images

AG, a Democrat, said her office found more than 200 examples of misleading asset valuations between 2011 and 2021.

She also claims Trump has inflated his fortune by billions of dollars.

The lawsuit seeks to ban Trump and his three adult children — Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric — from doing further business in New York, as well as a $250 million fine.

The civil trial is scheduled for October.

With mail wires The legal troubles Trump is facing following the hush money charges


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

Related Articles

Back to top button