Trump's legal troubles grow even though he's out of office

Donald Trump is out of the White House but as a private citizen he is not out of legal hot water on multiple fronts.

On Thursday, Trump’s lawyers turned over eight years’ worth of tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is pursuing possible tax fraud charges.


It marked the latest development in one of many legal fights ahead for the ex-president.

In New York, State Attorney General Letitia James is pursuing a lawsuit claiming the Trump Organization overstated the value of a Westchester property to get better terms for loans and insurance and a development credit, only to later understate its value when it came time to paying the property tax bill.

Elsewhere, Trump is facing an investigation into his attempt to coerce Georgia officials to "find" enough votes to change the election outcome there.

At least one lawsuit has been filed about his role in promoting the Jan. 6 attempt to take over the U.S. Capitol and block the Electoral College vote.

And there are still lawsuits by women who say Trump sexually harassed them.

No previous president has left office in so much legal trouble, scholars say.

"There is absolutely nothing like this at all," said Paul Finkelman, a legal historian who has written more than 50 books and is president of Gratz College in Pennsylvania. "Like much of Trump’s presidency, his post-presidency is unprecedented. There is literally no one to compare him to."

Other presidents, such as Bill Clinton, said they were financially "broke" upon leaving office. Andrew Johnson, who in 1868 became the first president to be impeached, was "disgraced" and "despised" after his departure, Finkelman said. But he never faced legal issues.

Trump has said the cases amount to a "witch hunt," claimed they were "attacks by Democrats," and that he was the target of "headhunting prosecutors."

"He tried to delay them as much as possible," Cornell University criminal law professor Jens Ohlin said, referring to the Trump cases in general. "But now that he’s out of office, he no longer has a [path to delay]. Now, he’s just like anyone else."



  • You forgot the new subpoena from the House Oversight Committee seeking the same tax information from Mazars that the Manhattan DA recently obtained. What is better about this subpoena is that the product is not subject to grand jury secrecy rules. If the Oversight Committee gets them, you can bet your salary that they will leak to the press quicker than you can say "Hunkie Dory!"

    And you forgot the case I call "Monica Lewinski Redux," the defamation suit brought by E. Jean Carroll. She accused Trump of raping her in a New York department store in the late 1990s. Trump called her a liar, and she sued for defamation. If she can prove Trump raped her, she wins.

    The reason I call it the "Monica Lewinski Redux" lawsuit is that she kept the dress she was wearing when she was allegedly raped by Trump, without ever getting it cleaned. She had it tested for DNA, and there are three separate DNA types from women on the suit, and ONE MAN! If that turns out to be Trump's DNA, she wins!

    The case is presently before the Second Circuit. The US Attorney General, when the office was run by Bill Barr, removed the matter to federal court and claimed that the US government should represent Trump because the alleged defamation occurred while he was president. Trump lost that claim in the District Court, and appealed to the Second Circuit.

    But now there is a new sheriff in town, Merrick Garland. And he can just decide to abandon the appeal and accept the District Court ruling. If that happens, E. Jean Carroll with get a court order directing Trump to make his DNA available to Ms. Carroll!

    That will happen, if at all, before April 16, when Ms. Carroll's brief opposing the appeal is due to be filed.

    The fit is about to hit the shan!
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