Indictments and Cases Involving Donald Trump
Donald Trump has been indicted 4 times in recent months.
Trump was most recently indicted on 13 criminal counts by a Fulton County grand jury in Georgia state court related to his alleged attempts to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
Separately, Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury on 4 counts in a criminal proceeding in Washington, D.C., also related to his alleged attempts to overturn the will of the voters and interfere with the 2020 presidential election results.
Trump has also been indicted by a different federal grand jury in Florida on 40 counts in relation to both obstructing an investigation into, and his unlawful retention of classified documents after his presidential term.
Finally, Trump has been indicted on 34 counts in a criminal proceeding in New York State Court related to hush money payments made to an adult film star during the 2016 presidential campaign.
All of the grand juries that decided to indict Trump were are made up of local citizens randomly chosen from the jury pool.
On August 14, 2023, Donald Trump was indicted on 13 counts in Georgia state court, including under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Eighteen additional co-defendants have been named in this case, including Trump’s former Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows, and his attorneys Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman. The allegations in the indictment revolve around these individuals’ efforts to overturn the will of voters and invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis conducted a years-long investigation into Donald Trump and others’ attempts to interfere with the results of the 2020 Georgia presidential election.
The indictment was based on the testimony of many witnesses, as well as the written recommendations of a Special Grand Jury, which reviewed evidence and interviewed dozens of witnesses over several months. The indictment focuses on (1) efforts to get Georgia officials to invalidate or nullify the will of Georgia voters, including by “finding” votes that did not exist, (2) the scheme to get 16 fake electors in Georgia to cast fraudulent electoral college votes for Trump, even though Trump did not win the popular vote in the state, (3) intimidating, harassing, and threatening Georgia elections workers based on false accusations and in an effort to influence their testimony as witnesses, and (4) tampering with county voting machines.
Certain defendants in this case – but not Donald Trump – have requested they go to trial quickly, and the judge set a trial date in October 2023 for one defendant. DA Willis has requested that the remainder of the defendants, including Donald Trump, go to trial in March 2024.
Federal Election Interference (Federal, DC - Criminal Case)
On August 1, 2023, a federal grand jury indicted Donald Trump of 4 counts of criminal felonies. Trump was arraigned in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 3.
The charges revolve around Trump’s and 6 unnamed co-conspirators’ efforts to interfere with the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Special Counsel Jack Smith led the investigation into Trump and others’ roles in attempting to overturn the results of the election to keep Trump in power.
This case is currently scheduled to go to trial on March 4, 2024.
Mar-a-Lago Classified Documents (Federal, FL)
Donald Trump was arrested on Tuesday, June 13 and is facing 40 charges in federal court in Miami, all related to his alleged illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate after his time in the White House. The federal documents investigation is being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith for the U.S. Department of Justice. Trump body man Walt Nauta and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira have also been indicted as a result of this investigation.
The counts in the Florida indictment focus on allegations that Trump illegally took highly sensitive government documents, ignored a court order to return them, and then lied about it. New allegations were added to the indictment in late July, including additional charges that Trump worked with his co-defendants to hide from federal investigators relevant surveillance footage they sought of workers moving confidential documents around the property.
This case is currently scheduled to go to trial in May 2024.
Hush Money/ Fraud in the 2016 Election (State, NY)
The indictment brought by Manhattan DA Alan Bragg includes felony charges against Trump for 34 counts of falsifying business records.
The indictment is based on allegations that Donald Trump authorized a hush money payment of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election, and then falsified business and campaign records in an effort to cover up the pay-off.
The allegations relate to Trump’s attempt to interfere with the 2016 election by failing to report campaign-related expenditures and illegally falsifying financial records to keep relevant information from voters as they prepared to cast their votes.
This case is currently scheduled to go to trial in March 2024.
Defamation/ Sexual Assault/ Rape (Federal, NY)
The writer E. Jean Carroll has filed suit against Donald Trump alleging that he defamed, sexually assaulted, and raped her in the 1990s.
In May of 2023 a jury returned a verdict finding that Trump had wrongfully defamed and sexually assaulted Ms. Carroll. They awarded her $5 million in damages.
Later that month, Ms. Carroll filed a motion to amend her complaint in that case and seek an additional $10 million in damages based on new statements Trump made again allegedly defaming her.
This case is still pending.
FRAUD (State, NY)
New York Attorney General Letitia James has brought a $250 million civil case against Donald Trump, his two adult sons, and his company for alleged fraud. Prosecutors allege that over many years, these individuals and the Trump Organization made fraudulent and misleading statements regarding the company’s financial condition.
The trial started October 2nd, 2023 and when it concludes New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron will determine whether Trump, his sons, and/or the Trump Organization will be forced to pay monetary damages.
Days before the trial began, Justice Engoron issued an early ruling, holding Trump and others liable for fraud–thereby accelerating the case. Justice Engoron agreed with Attorney General James’ main argument, finding that Trump and others falsified financial documents to overstate the value of assets. Additionally, the justice ordered the cancellation of the New York business certificates for the Trump Organization, other Trump Subsidiaries, and companies owned by Trump and his sons.
The case is a bench trial. This means the case is decided solely by Justice Engoron and no jury will be involved. This is because Trump did not request a jury trial.