Trump's troubles: A look at the ex-president's investigations

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News on

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It’s been a bad week for former President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday morning found himself in the hot seat pleading the Fifth as he finally sat down for questioning in the New York attorney general’s long-running probe into his pre-presidency business dealings.

But the civil investigation that could soon result in a lawsuit is the least of Trump’s problems. He finds himself surrounded by a constellation of criminal and civil investigations — from his purported efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, his family real estate business’s penchant for manipulating property prices to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to allegedly lying about raping a magazine columnist in a Midtown department store in the 1990s.

Here’s a look at the main legal threats Trump is facing.

Justice Department probe of Jan. 6 insurrection

The Justice Department has been conducting a widening investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in which multiple people died.

The DOJ has reportedly expanded its criminal probe to examine Trump himself and his pressure campaign on Vice President Mike Pence to deny the results of the election.


AT STAKE: Attorney General Merrick Garland has vowed to hold every person responsible for the siege to account. Whether that includes Trump and his political allies remains to be seen.

Select House Committee investigating the Capitol attack

In a series of widely watched public hearings, the House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol laid out the “arc of carnage” sparked months earlier on Election Night when Trump repeatedly made false claims of voter fraud and declared himself the winner.

AT STAKE: While the hearings are primarily symbolic, the committee, which will hear more testimony in the fall, can make criminal referrals to the Justice Department.


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