Here’s Where All the Other Trump Investigations Stand

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Reuters
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Reuters

For most of his 76 years, Donald Trump has avoided significant accountability on a long—and ever-expanding—list of allegations. But on Thursday, he became the first current or former U.S. president to be indicted on federal charges.

A federal grand jury in Florida handed down the criminal indictment for Trump’s alleged hoarding of classified documents at his private Mar-a-Lago club and residence, according to multiple reports. The disgraced ex-president took to his flagging Truth Social app to complain about the “Boxes Hoax.”

Trump’s criminal exposure stems from a battle he picked with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which maintains the official papers of all outgoing presidents. Trump at first refused to give back government documents, then grudgingly began handing over files, a number of which were marked top secret.

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Trump has, predictably, lashed out at Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, a highly respected former war crimes prosecutor, from the get-go.

He called Smith a “fully weaponized monster” after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith to look into Trump’s alleged mishandling of sensitive materials.

In another post, he called for Smith to be removed, and accused him, without offering any evidence, of being mentally ill and unfit for the task. “His conflicts, unfairness, and mental state of derangement make him totally unfit for the job of ‘getting Trump.’ Go after Biden and the Biden Crime Family instead,” he ranted.

In various other posts, Trump has slammed Smith as “a Radical Left Prosecutor, who is totally controlled by Eric Holder and Obama,” called his investigation “a RIGGED SCAM,” described him as a “political hit man,” a “Trump Hater,” a “Trump Hating THUG,” and an “unfair savage,” claimed, groundlessly, that Smith “should never be allowed to work on anything having to do with me because of his and his family’s anger, hatred, and bias.”

“Did nothing wrong on Jan 6th (Peacefully & Patrioticly), or with Documents (Check out past presidents),” Trump wrote.

The latest charges add to an expanding list of legal issues facing the twice-impeached ex-president.


In April, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, making him the first-ever current or former U.S. president to be indicted on criminal charges.

That case centers on Trump’s alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for keeping their alleged affair quiet as the 2016 presidential campaign neared.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Trump appears in Manhattan court for an arraignment on charges stemming from his indictment in the hush-money probe. </p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Pool</div>

Trump appears in Manhattan court for an arraignment on charges stemming from his indictment in the hush-money probe.

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Pool

During a court appearance that shut down parts of New York City, Trump pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors previously described the charges as low-level felonies that rarely land offenders in jail, however experts have theorized Trump could face some minimal jail time, at most, if convicted.

Judge Juan Merchan has since tentatively set a trial date of March 25, 2024, smack-bang in the middle of the 2024 presidential primaries. Merchan has also barred Trump from disclosing evidence on social media, and warned Trump against using his bullhorn to go after prosecutors.

In a 2018 tweetstorm, Trump all but admitted to making a $130,000 payment to Daniels, via his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen, claiming such things are “very common among celebrities and people of wealth.” He accused Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, of extorting him, and has denied ever having sex with the entertainer.

Cohen previously pleaded guilty to federal charges associated with the payment to Daniels, which he said he made at Trump’s behest, and spent most of his three-year federal prison sentence in home confinement.

Trump, as is his wont, insists he is the target of a politically motivated witch hunt, and that Bragg, the first Black man to serve as Manhattan DA, is a “racist.” In December 2022, the Trump Organization was convicted on 17 counts of criminal tax fraud, and ordered to pay a fine of $1.6 million. Longtime Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg is now serving five months in jail, to be followed by five years of probation.

Trump has previously insisted that any prosecutor with the temerity to haul him into court would risk touching off “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before.”

“That’s not inciting, I’m just saying what my opinion is,” Trump told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt last September. “I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it.”

So far, the threats have not resulted in any real-world violence. As Trump now simultaneously fights state and federal charges, he must also endure numerous other probes that could not only worsen his existing legal situation, but bring down his family and businesses, as well.


“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.”

In Trump’s words, it was part of “a perfect phone call.” In Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ eyes, the losing presidential candidate pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to carry out a baseless scheme he and his allies concocted to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, was very likely a felony.

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Pool via Getty Images

In this case, a copy of the call, which was recorded, leaked almost immediately. “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” Trump warned Raffensberger, hoping to convince his fellow Republican to hand him an unearned win. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.”

Willis last year impaneled a special-purpose grand jury to hear testimony and issue a report on Trump’s alleged attempts to subvert the election outcome in Georgia. The panel subpoenaed dozens of witnesses and interviewed 75 of them, including Trump ally and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who in 2017 performed a sudden about-face from outspoken Trump detractor to rock-ribbed Trump defender.

Although the now-dissolved special grand jury created by Willis does not itself have the authority to issue indictments, it could, and did, recommend them. Willis will now make a decision on whether or not to bring charges against Trump and his network of enablers.

In recent weeks, she has reportedly been expanding the probe beyond Georgia and possibly building a criminal-enterprise case under the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, one of the most expansive RICO statues in the country.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Fani Willis, the District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">David Walter Banks/The Washington Post via Getty</div>

Fani Willis, the District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia.

David Walter Banks/The Washington Post via Getty

A highly abbreviated public portion of the special grand jury’s sealed Feb. 16 report stated, “We find by a unanimous vote that no widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election.”

It also said a “majority of the Grand Jury believes that perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses testifying before it” and that the panel “recommends that the District Attorney seek appropriate indictments for such crimes where the evidence is compelling.”

In a series of permissible, but controversial, interviews after the special-purpose grand jury’s work was done, forewoman Emily Kohrs said a dozen or more indictments could be coming. She did not name names, but coyly suggested Trump was among those on the panel’s list.

“There are no major plot twists waiting for you,” Kohrs told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

In response, Trump took to his Truth Social social media platform—which is itself under investigation for possible money laundering crimes—and lambasted Kohrs while attacking Willis as a racist.

“This is not JUSTICE, this is an illegal Kangaroo Court,” Trump wrote. “Atlanta is leading the Nation in Murder and other Violent Crimes.”


In addition to the classified documents matter, Jack Smith was also appointed by Garland to weigh criminal charges against Trump over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Smith has been busy subpoenaing a host of MAGA world figures, former Trump administration officials, and even Trump lawyers—many of whom have testified to a federal grand jury. Trump’s final White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, reportedly testified recently, and former Vice President Mike Pence testified for seven hours in April after a back-and-forth legal battle and months of negotiations. Trump crony Steve Bannon was reportedly subpoenaed just this week, and one of Trump’s lawyers, Evan Corcoran, testified earlier this year.


While the first four cases could mean prison for Trump, New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 billion lawsuit against Trump for what she deemed a spectacular pattern of financial fraud, could kill his company and saddle him with up to $1 billion in fines and costs.

“The number of grossly inflated asset values is staggering, affecting most if not all of the real estate holdings in any given year,” the suit alleges.

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Letitia James

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The Trump Organization, according to the filing, historically misled lenders and insurers about its balance sheet and properties, including Mar-a-Lago and New York City’s Trump Tower, to get “beneficial financial terms.” Trump and his adult children claimed certain buildings they owned were worth multiples of their actual value, submitting in excess of 200 bogus valuations across at least 11 annual statements. The lawsuit contends Trump’s company improperly benefited to the tune of $250 million, which New York State is now moving to claw back.

In one example cited by James, the Trump family allegedly claimed a block of Manhattan apartments an appraiser had valued at $750,000 were actually worth some $50 million. In another, James noted that Trump listed his own Trump Tower residence as clocking on at 30,000 square feet when it was in reality 11,000.

“Tripling the size of the apartment for valuation was fraud, not an honest mistake,” James said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.

James is seeking to bar Trump from applying for loans or purchasing any commercial properties in New York State for five years. She is also asking a judge to permanently ban Trump, sons Don Jr. and Eric, and daughter Ivanka, from ever again running a business in New York.

The complaint filed by James is a civil one, and does not itself carry the threat of indictment. However, it notes that James shared her discoveries with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, specifying that she believes the Trumps are guilty of bank fraud. James also said in the suit that the Trump Org’s financial filings contravened a variety of state laws.

As has come to be expected, a splenetic Trump bashed James on Truth Social, complaining about being the target of a “Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry.” (James won.)

Trump continued, taking full advantage of Truth Social’s 500-character limit.

“I never thought this case would be brought—until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She is a fraud who campaigned on a ‘get Trump’ platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch!”

In early November, Trump announced on Truth Social that he was suing James in an attempt to stop her suit from proceeding. His suit, which he filed in Florida, called James’ New York suit “a relentless, pernicious, public, and unapologetic crusade against President Trump, a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, with the stated goal of destroying him personally, financially, and politically.” (Trump dropped the suit in January, after the case wound up before a judge who hit him and his attorney Alina Habba with nearly $1 million in fines over a separate suit against Hillary Clinton he declared frivolous.)

The penalties Trump and his kids are facing are what anyone else would face for “the same misconduct,” James emphasized after bringing the November action.

“Everyday people cannot lie to a bank about how much money they have in order to get a favorable loan or send their kid to college, and if they did, the government would throw the book at them,” James said at the time. “Why should this be any different?”

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