Former US President Donald Trump was briefly arrested in Atlanta on Thursday before being released on bail. He has been accused of attempting to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, a key state.
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Here are the key legal issues facing the four-time indicted Republican:
Mr. Trump was indicted by the Georgia (Southeast) Justice Department on August 14 along with 18 others for alleged illegal attempts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election in this key state.
The prosecutor in charge of the case relied on the organized gang crime law of that state, which applies specifically against gangs and carries penalties ranging from five to 20 years in prison.
Despite the incumbent’s defeat in Georgia in 2020, “Trump and the other defendants refused to acknowledge that he lost and knowingly and intentionally engaged in a conspiracy to illegally tip the outcome of the election in his favor,” the indictment reads .
The Republican billionaire faces a total of 13 counts of attempted voter fraud in the state, which Joe Biden narrowly won in 2020.
Donald Trump was indicted by federal authorities on August 1 for “conspiracy against the American state,” obstructing official process, and violating voting rights in connection with the events of the 2020 presidential election, which culminated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“Despite his defeat, the defendant was determined to remain in power,” the indictment reads, noting that Mr Trump’s “claims” about the election “were false and the defendant knew they were false.” “.
These are the most serious allegations leveled against the former head of state.
Donald Trump, 77, was indicted by federal judges in another investigation in June and July over his negligent handling of confidential documents, a first for a former American president.
He appeared in court in Miami in mid-June, where he pleaded not guilty to the first 37 charges against him. Indicted on additional charges at the end of July, he en bloc denies it.
Donald Trump is accused in this case of endangering the security of the United States by storing confidential documents at his Florida residence after leaving the White House in January 2021, instead of handing them over to the National Archives as required by law, requiring him in addition.
A trial is scheduled for May 2024, when the Republican primary is in full swing.
Donald Trump was criminally indicted by a New York state court in late March. He is accused of “orchestrating” payments to silence three people whose revelations could damage him in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, which he ultimately won.
Specifically, it’s $130,000 paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels to silence an alleged extramarital affair dating back to 2006.
While such payments are not illegal per se, Mr Trump has listed them as “legal expenses” in his company’s accounts. The former president, appearing in New York on April 4, pleaded not guilty. A trial is also expected.
Donald Trump was also ordered by a civil court in New York in May to pay former journalist E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages for whom he was accused of the 1996 sexual assault.
In January, the Trump Organization in New York was also fined a maximum of $1.6 million for financial and tax fraud, a criminal first for the group, which faces a civil trial in the fall.