Former US President Donald Trump is facing an increasing number of legal challenges and problems, as federal prosecutors are considering a number of accusations that have been described as “historic”.
The cases against Trump run the gamut, from concealing money given to a porn star in order to buy her silence about her relationship with Trump, to more serious allegations of illegal possession of classified government documents after he left office, and illegally attempting to influence the results of the 2020 election.
Judge Elaine Cannon set the trial date in the classified documents case for May 20, in the run-up to the US presidential elections.
Trump wanted the trial to take place after the November 2024 elections, while the prosecution wanted the trial to take place this year.
In the following box, we review all the legal obstacles that stand in the way of Trump, who aspires to return to the White House.
Trump has faced indictment in two cases, payments made to Porn star Stormy Daniels in order to buy her silence.
New York state prosecutors said the payments were disguised as fees for legal services provided by Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen.
As for the second regulation, it’s related to the case brought by the Department of Justice against Trump, on charges of mishandling classified documents.
Trump, who remains the leading Republican candidate in the 2024 US presidential election, denied any wrongdoing in both cases, stressing that they were part of an organized political campaign against him, statements that were strongly rejected by prosecutors.
Last week, Trump’s lawyers in the classified documents case requested that the proceedings be postponed until after the 2024 elections, which is a long delay from the date the case began on December 11.
In general, the US District Court Judge, Aileen Cannon, made the final decision to set next May for trial.
The trial over payments to buy silence is set to take place in March, around the time of the presidential election.
A third indictment may be issued in the near future, as Georgia state prosecutors are expected to announce a decision on whether or not to file charges against the former president, in a matter related to Trump’s attempt to nullify the results of the 2020 state elections, which resulted in the victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
Prosecutors indicated that the decision could be issued in August.
Trump questioned the results of Georgia more than once, which prompted the state to conduct a manual vote count.
Special Counsel Jack Smith – the man who led the investigation into the classified documents – is conducting separate federal investigations into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 elections, as well as his role in the riots in the US Senate “Capitol” on January 6, 2021.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol that day, overrunning barricades and storming the chambers of the House, prompting lawmakers to flee and take cover.
More than 1,069 people were arrested across the United States, in connection with the practices that took place that day.
Away from Trump’s package of criminal cases, the former president is facing a lawsuit in New York State filed by Attorney General Letitia James, regarding attempts to inflate the value of his property to secure loans, while reducing its value at the same time when reporting to the tax authorities.