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Trump could be 'indicted' soon, legal official says

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  • Trump continues to openly attack the DOJ and FBI after last week’s Mar-a-Lago raid.
  • However, people close to his inner circle warn that he could face criminal charges soon anyway.
  • A lawyer who knows Trumpworld said, “I think he’s the target of all of them and will be prosecuted.”

As former President Donald Trump continues to openly attack the Justice Department and the FBI after last week’s unprecedented raid on his Mar-a-Lago club, those close to his inner circle said: He told Insider he could face serious legal trouble.

A lawyer familiar with the Trump campaign’s thought process said in an interview that the former president “likes to run the show” and “believes a lot in attacks on public relations,” but was soon faced with criminal charges. said there is a possibility speak his way.

“He should be concerned about all these investigations,” the lawyer added. “I think he is the target of all of them and he will be prosecuted.”

Trump is currently at the center of many state and federal criminal investigations. At the forefront is a judicial inquiry into whether Trump violated three of his federal laws, including the Espionage Act, in moving his government records from the White House to Mar-a-Lago when he stepped down from the presidency. Ministry survey.

The Pentagon has also focused on the former president in a major criminal investigation into the events surrounding the Capitol riots, subpoenaing a number of former White House officials in recent weeks. A subpoena has been filed with the National Archives for all White House records that have been turned over to the House Select Committee investigating the attack.

In Georgia, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Trump and his allies violated Georgia law in an attempt to nullify President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state. And in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office recently struck a plea bargain with Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s chief bookkeeper. Weisselberg pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonies this week and agreed to get involved with the Trump Organization.

But Alan Dershowitz, who represented Trump during the Senate impeachment trial, told an insider on Friday that Trump should be most concerned about the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his business practices. Told.

“It’s only civil now, but you never know,” he said.

He also believes Trump could run for president in 2024, even if he is charged with a crime from one of the criminal investigations.

Earlier this month, the FBI executed a search warrant against Trump’s club and permanent residency in Mar-a-Lago, shown here in March 2017.

Darren Samuelson

As insiders have previously reported, there is nothing in the constitution that prevents a president from running if he is in prison after being convicted of a crime. He had been convicted of treason under the Espionage Act when he ran for office. Convicted and imprisoned of mail fraud in 1988, Lyndon LaRouche ran for president in 1992.

If he is convicted of violating two of the three laws the DOJ has admitted to investigating him in connection with the removal of classified documents, even if he is in prison, In theory Trump could start the 2024 presidential election.

However, if he is convicted of violating one of these laws, 18 USC Section 2071, which generally prohibits the concealment, deletion, or mutilation of government records — he may be disqualified from holding public office again. There is a possibility

That said, legal scholars told The New York Times that even if Trump were convicted of violating Section 2071, he was unlikely to be barred from running again, and the Supreme Court ruling ruled that Congress would not allow Congress to break the Constitution. It shows that the presidential eligibility criteria cannot be overturned.

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his current legal situation. As of Friday night, the former president still criticized the FBI probe as a corrupt exercise of power, and on Truth Social, his lawyers will soon issue a “major motion on the Fourth Amendment” related to the investigation. Said to submit.