Carroll case outcome foreshadows escalating legal jeopardy for Trump @realDonaldTrump
The recent federal jury verdict finding Donald Trump guilty of sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll in the mid-1990s serves as a historic rebuke to the former president and potential 2024 GOP nominee. However, this outcome is just the beginning of a larger legal saga unfolding for Trump.
Legal troubles are converging in Washington, Manhattan, and Atlanta, encompassing both criminal and civil investigations that Trump has evaded throughout his political career. As he seeks to regain the presidency, his journey will likely be defined by his attempts to avoid criminal accountability for his actions during his previous tenure in the White House.
With the Carroll case resulting in a jury verdict and a $5 million award to Carroll, it's worth examining what lies ahead in Trump's legal challenges:
Indictment Prospects in Fulton County: KEY DATE: JULY 11 Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is currently investigating Trump and his associates' endeavors to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, a state narrowly won by President Joe Biden. Willis has instructed local law enforcement to be prepared for potential indictments between July 11 and September 1.
Willis's charging decisions stem from the work of a special grand jury she convened to determine whether Trump violated state election laws in his efforts to retain power. The special grand jury scrutinized Trump's attempts to reverse Georgia's outcome and his broader campaign to undermine the election in Washington. Specifically, the panel focused on Trump's exertion of pressure on state election officials to procure just enough votes to secure victory.
While the special grand jury lacks the authority to issue indictments, it presented recommendations regarding potential prosecutions earlier this year. Although Willis is not obligated to follow those recommendations, she stated in January that charging decisions were imminent. Now, she must present the evidence gathered by the special grand jury, along with additional information gathered subsequently, to a traditional grand jury that possesses the power to bring forth charges.
Pre-trial Maneuvers in the Manhattan Hush-Money Case: KEY DATE: AUGUST 8 Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg achieved a significant milestone by securing the first-ever criminal indictment of a former president. Trump faces numerous felony charges for allegedly manipulating his company's financial records to ensure the silence of a porn star who accused him of an affair.
The presiding judge in this case recently requested both parties' attorneys to agree on a trial date in February or March 2024. Meanwhile, expect an extensive array of pre-trial motions and Trump's attempts to challenge, delay, or relocate the proceedings to another district or federal court. A crucial upcoming deadline is August 8, by which Trump is expected to file motions contesting the indictment.