Lawsuits against Trump are being readied in New York. President Donald Trump faces civil cases once he leaves the White House? Between now and January 20, what should he do? If he decides to leave the White House, where will he go? And what awaits him? Most believe that as soon as he steps away from the White House, dormant court cases against him will revive.
Without the protection of the Oval Office and the Justice Department, what happens to him? NBC reports on four possible issues that will call for his attention as soon as he becomes an ordinary Joe.
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Manhattan Tax Record Cases
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance reviews allegations of Trump’s financial improprieties. Rumors say Vance is currently looking into alleged criminal acts at Trump’s businesses. They include falsification of documents, and insurance and tax fraud.
Interestingly, Vance’s resource person might be Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. Cohen alleged that Trump uses two sets of books for his ventures. One has higher numbers to help secure loans. The other contains lower numbers to help pay lower taxes. Research from the New York Times showed that Trump paid zero taxes in ten years and $750 for two.
While the NY District Attorney’s office managed to subpoena Trump’s tax records from his preparer. However, Trump’s lawyers filed an emergency request for a stay of the lower courts’ rulings. The Supreme Court will handle the decision, which is now majority Republican. Guess whose administration made it happen?
If Vance wins and the stay gets denied, the only known criminal case against Donald Trump can proceed. Don’t expect jail time, though, as this would likely end up in fines.
New York Civil Cases
The New York Attorney General is investigating possible fraud by Trump companies. The AG’s office issues subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records. These records detail the financing of four Trump projects. It also involved a losing effort to purchase the Buffalo Bills.
Cohen’s testimony before Congress was that Trump inflated his assets. While the case is civil, any criminal elements found would go to local prosecutors.
Everybody knows that Donald Trump faces sexual charges way back in the 1970s. These cases may now resurface once Trump reverts to being John Q. Public again. This time, the Justice Department won’t be able to help him. Multiple lawsuits against Trump might surface under this banner.
In the case of E. Jean Carroll, she alleged that Trump raped her in a dressing room. Trump denied the charge and said she wasn’t his type. Carroll sued again, this time for defaming her.
The Justice Department tried to help him move the case from state to federal. The plan was to file a motion saying the denial was a presidential act. However, a judge denied Justice’s motion in October. When he appears in court as a private citizen, the judge can order his testimony.
During Nixon’s time, the Justice Department already said no. The department ruled that “under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.”
While intriguing, the idea of Trump pardoning himself may not be a bad idea. It would involve a plot that’s made for Hollywood. President declares he is temporarily unable to perform duties. Vice President Pence becomes President and pardons him. Then the President either quits a pardoned man or resumes his seat. However, Trump has to do all these by January 20. But, even if he pulls it off, pardons only work for federal cases. He remains a defendant in cases filed by NY state.
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What awaits Donald Trump as soon as he steps outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? If you were to decide, do you pardon the president and drop the lawsuits against Trump? Or do you think it’s time for him to face the music? Let us know what you think by commenting below.