Washington (AP) — Full Denial by Federal Judge he appointed.widespread fraud allegations By the New York State Attorney General.It’s been a week as Donald Trump’s legal troubles escalate, revealing mounting challenges The former president operates without the protection of the White House.
The bravado that served him well in the political arena doesn’t do much in the legal realm dominated by verifiable evidence. A rooted fraud investigation came to light in 2019. A 222-page state lawsuit full of allegations.
In politics, “you can say what you want and if people like it, it works. In the realm of law, it’s different,” says Chris Edelson, presidential powers scholar and professor of government at American University. said. “It’s an arena where there are tangible consequences for making mistakes, cheating and making false statements in ways that don’t apply to politics.”
This distinction between politics and law was evident over this week’s 30-hour period.
In a Fox News interview that aired Wednesday, Trump said the highly classified government records he had at Mar-a-Lago had indeed been declassified and that the president was “thinking about it.” It claimed that it had the authority to declassify information even by
However, the day before, an independent arbitrator recommended by his own attorney He appeared skeptical when Trump’s team refused to provide information to support his claim that the documents had been declassified.Special Master Raymond DearyA veteran federal judge.
On Wednesday morning, New York Attorney General Letitia James accused Trump of the lawsuit. Add billions to his net worth and habitually mislead banks about the value of his valuable assets. It cites three children as defendants and seeks to bar them from ever running a company in the state again.
Hours later, three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, two of whom were appointed by Mr. Trump, handed him a stunning defeat in the Mar-a-Lago investigation.
The court overwhelmingly rejected allegations that it had the right to entrust a special master with the independent investigation of about 100 classified documents. It was taken during an FBI raid last month.
The ruling paved the way for the Justice Department to resume using classified records in investigations. It lifted a hold placed by lower court judge Eileen Cannon. This was resolved by canceling the
Dearie followed up on his own orders, giving the Trump team until Sept. 30 to identify any errors or inaccuracies in the FBI’s detailed inventory of items taken in the search.
Between Dearie’s position and the Court of Appeal’s ruling, “basically, if not the already developed consensus, that the government has a stronger position on many of these issues and many of these controversies. I think there may be a consensus that is developing,” said Florida criminal defense attorney and former Justice Department prosecutor Richard Serafini.
Admittedly, Trump is no stranger to courtroom drama, and has been ousted in numerous lawsuits throughout his decades-long business career, and has shown an astonishing ability to navigate what could have seemed a dire situation. .
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
At the White House, Trump faced a dangerous investigation into whether he had obstructed a Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 campaign.Ultimately, he, along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was at least partially protected by the president’s powers. It cites a long-standing ministry policy that prohibits indictment of a sitting president.
He was twice impeached by the Democratic-led House — once by phone With Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky during the second riot at the parliament building on January 6, 2021. — but was acquitted by the Senate in both cases, thanks to political support from fellow Republicans.
It remains unclear whether any of the ongoing investigations (January 6 or the Mar-a-Lago probe or investigation related to Georgia election interference) will result in criminal charges. And the New York lawsuit is a civil lawsuit.
But Trump no longer has the legal shield of the presidency, despite repeatedly relying on broad views of the executive branch to defend the retention of records the government claims are not his. There is no question that you are not enjoying yourself.
In particular, the Justice Department and federal appeals courts have paid little attention to his claims that the records were declassified. He pointed out that he had not provided any formal information to support his belief that he had taken any steps to lift the order.
The Court of Appeals called the declassification question a “red herring” because declassifying records does not alter their contents or transform them from government documents to personal documents. Also, the statute that the Department of Justice cited as the basis for its investigation does not explicitly mention confidential information.
Trump’s attorneys also did not say in court or in court that the records had been declassified. He said he shouldn’t be forced to disclose his stance now.
Even some legal experts who have sided with Trump in the legal battle are skeptical of his claims.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified as a Republican witness During the first impeachment proceedings in 2019, he said he was struck by the “lack of coherent and coherent positions from the former president on classified documents.”
“It’s not obvious,” he added.
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