Category: Trump

Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

Screenshot_2021-03-01 Litigation Tracker Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

On both the criminal and civil litigation fronts, former President Donald Trump faces a bevy of lawsuits and investigations, with more cases likely to follow. Some are civil suits stemming from his pre-presidential business dealings. Others are defamation claims from women he allegedly assaulted. More still are criminal probes and civil actions that scrutinize his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Chart below tracks all these cases. It will be continually updated as major legal developments occur.

Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

‘We will win’: Trump hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech

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The not so united Conservatives

But not everyone supported Mr Trump. A separate question on the poll asked whether Mr Trump should run again in 2024 – getting a mixed result, with 68 per cent saying he should run and 32 per cent opposed or having no opinion.

‘We will win’: Trump hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech

Fact checking Trump’s CPAC speech – CNNPolitics

American Conservative Union Holds Annual Conference In Florida

Trump repeated a bunch of other false claims we regularly heard from him as president, on subjects ranging from trade with China to his stance on the war in Iraq. He also offered up some new false claims about President Joe Biden’s early days in office. We are still going through the transcript of Trump’s remarks, but here is an initial breakdown of some of the things he said.

Fact checking Trump’s CPAC speech – CNNPolitics

Trump’s Next Line of Defense – The Atlantic

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The most politically crucified God on the planet

This is nonsense. Cy Vance looking into Trump’s finances poses no more threat to the average Trump voter than Trump getting ticketed for speeding outside Mar-a-Lago—though you can bet he’d insist that was political persecution too. But careful reasoning has never been essential to Trump’s political identity. Displaced grievance has been, and it will remain so for the rest of his life.

Trump’s Next Line of Defense – The Atlantic

Donald Trump decries US Supreme Court ruling on his tax returns – NZ Herald

The US Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump's last-ditch attempt to shield his financial records. Photo / AP

Trump is the only modern president to refuse to publicly release his tax records. Starting in the 2016 election campaign, and continuing until the end of his presidency, Trump said he could not release them until the Internal Revenue Service was finished auditing them. There was never any rule or law preventing Trump from releasing his own records. Today’s Supreme Court decision does not mean the tax documents will be made public; they can, however, be shown to the grand jury in New York.

Donald Trump decries US Supreme Court ruling on his tax returns – NZ Herald

Donald Trump urges US Senate Republicans to dump ‘unsmiling political hack’ Mitch McConnell as leader

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at Save America Rally on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington on January 6, 2021. Photo by Yuri Gripas/ABACAPRESS.COM.

Donald Trump has urged Republican senators to dump Mitch McConnell as their leader in the Senate following his withering criticism of the former US president after his impeachment trial.

Donald Trump urges US Senate Republicans to dump ‘unsmiling political hack’ Mitch McConnell as leader

Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani accused of conspiring to incite riot in new lawsuit

Donald Trump, pictured at a rally before the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.

A Democratic congressman has accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit of inciting the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol and of conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden. The lawsuit from Mississippi’s Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is part of an expected wave of litigation over the January 6 riot and is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani accused of conspiring to incite riot in new lawsuit

Donald Trump escapes impeachment, but still faces criminal charges

Prosecutors in New York who have been probing more than $350 million in loans Donald Trump took out on Trump Tower and three other Manhattan properties are honing in on allegations of financial crimes. The years-old criminal investigation has made the former US president vulnerable to prosecution despite being acquitted at his second impeachment trial.

Donald Trump escapes impeachment, but still faces criminal charges

The Senate Acquitted Trump. His Legal Problems Are Just Starting. – Mother Jones

The Senate acquitted Donald Trump, again, on Saturday, but the former president’s legal worries are far from over. As a private citizen, Trump is no longer protected by the Justice Department’s policy against charging a sitting president with federal crimes. And Trump, his family and businesses, also have to worry about investigations in various local jurisdictions and at least one foreign country, lawsuits he used his presidency to dodge, and probes by congressional committees. Here are some highlights:

The Senate Acquitted Trump. His Legal Problems Are Just Starting. – Mother Jones

Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

Trump supporters near the  U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. Trump supporters had gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.  (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

We can’t look away from this simple set of facts: All the evidence points to the conclusion not just that Trump recklessly whipped up a mob that went on to storm the Capitol, but also that he wanted that mob to succeed in finding and attacking those who stood in the way of his return to the presidency. Of course, nobody can know what exactly went on inside Trump’s mind that day, but his conversation with Tuberville, the subsequent tweet, and his conversation with McCarthy point in a very dark direction.

Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars
Trump Had 'Expletive-Laced' Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters
White Supremacy Rules

As the fourth day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial wrapped up, CNN reported shocking new details about the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. They report that there was an “expletive-laced phone call” with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy while the rioters were actively attacking the Capitol and shocking no one, Donald Trump gleefully told McCarthy that the “rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did.”

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars

In Residency Fight, Donald Trump Claims He’s Just a Regular ‘Ol Mar-a-Lago Staff Member – Mother Jones

Throughout his ownership of Mar-a-Lago, Trump has feuded with neighbors and local officials and violated zoning rules with abandon. He has repeatedly attempted to build a dock at the property, one time going so far as to seek approval from the federal government despite never having notified the town he was intending to build a marina. And after the town told him he couldn’t build an 80-foot flagpole (nearly twice the allowed height), he built it anyway, opting to pay daily fines. Eventually, after he wracked up $120,000 in fines, the town relented and allowed Trump to build a 70-foot flagpole, dropping the fines if Trump donated $100,000 to a veteran’s charity.

In Residency Fight, Donald Trump Claims He’s Just a Regular ‘Ol Mar-a-Lago Staff Member – Mother Jones

Trump impeachment trial live updates: Rioters said President directly summoned them to the Capitol, US Senate hears – ABC News

US President Donald Trump makes a fist during a rally in Washington

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is in its third day with the US Senate hearing example after example of the rioters saying the President directly summoned them to the Capitol on January 6.

Trump impeachment trial live updates: Rioters said President directly summoned them to the Capitol, US Senate hears – ABC News

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com
Trump's lawyers make a mockery of Republican senators: Impeachment trial makes GOP complicity clear

But there’s one silver lining: The Democrats who are arguing the case as the House managers so thoroughly smoked Trump’s defense that even Trump knows it.

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com

‘The Senate Must Convict. America Is Watching’: Watchdogs Demand Trump Be Held to Account | Common Dreams News

Then-President Donald Trump arrives at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

“We cannot begin to address this threat and rebuild trust unless we send a clear message that future presidents cannot incite an insurrection at the end of their term and get away with it.”

‘The Senate Must Convict. America Is Watching’: Watchdogs Demand Trump Be Held to Account | Common Dreams News

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

The tally was in, it was clear Donald Trump had lost – and he tweeted: “either a new election should take place or … results nullified.” It sounds familiar, but it wasn’t November 2020. It was February 2016. Trump was just months into his presidential campaign, and was already telling a story he would tell countless times over the following five years, hinting to the world at the character of the man the U.S. Senate will soon evaluate in the impeachment trial. Back then, Trump was seeking to nullify Ted Cruz’s victory. And he was accusing Iowa of bungling the primary vote counting.

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot | Salon.com

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“That cause is not a democratic cause. It’s not a limited-government cause. It seems that the Mercers invested in chaos and they got exactly what they wanted. It seems like they invested in someone who didn’t believe in American democracy, and they got someone who tried to burn it down.”

How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot | Salon.com

Trump impeachment: Democrats say Donald Trump ‘singularly responsible’ for Capitol riot

Donald Trump spoke to his supporters in Washington before they stormed the Capitol.

In an 80-page document laying out their case, the Democrats’ impeachment managers state that Trump “summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue”.

Trump impeachment: Democrats say Donald Trump ‘singularly responsible’ for Capitol riot

Donald Trump Doesn’t Appear to Have a Lawyer for His Impeachment Trial – Mother Jones

Trump’s many post-presidential perks will go away if he is convicted. Trump would get to keep his Secret Service detail, but the rest—”a pension, access to health insurance, office space and staff”—aren’t guaranteed.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Appear to Have a Lawyer for His Impeachment Trial – Mother Jones

Six degrees of sedition: Was master trickster Roger Stone behind the Capitol riot? | Salon.com

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On the night before the rally, Stone surrounded himself with symbols of potential violence in the form of his Oath Keeper security detail, who also chauffeured him around in a golf cart. When he spoke, he made clear that he knew exactly what would drive the masses over the police barricades the following afternoon, casting the futile fight in the common language of the QAnon fantasy movement, of a struggle between “dark and light, between the godly and godless, between good and evil.” Reached for comment for this article, Stone told Salon to “have a nice day.”

Six degrees of sedition: Was master trickster Roger Stone behind the Capitol riot? | Salon.com

Trump’s Impeachment Is Unlikely to Result in a Conviction. But It May Increase His Chances of Being Criminally Prosecuted. | The Smirking Chimp

Lambe notes that “several defense attorneys who represent those arrested at the U.S. Capitol Siege on January 6 have said their clients acted specifically because they believed Trump told them to do so.”

Trump’s Impeachment Is Unlikely to Result in a Conviction. But It May Increase His Chances of Being Criminally Prosecuted. | The Smirking Chimp

Biden Urged to Fire Entire Postal Service Board for Complicity in ‘Devastating Arson’ by Trump and DeJoy | Common Dreams News

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives to testifiy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2020.

“Trump confessed he was wrecking USPS to rig the election. His toady Postmaster General DeJoy carried out that arson. It’s time to clean house.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Biden Urged to Fire Entire Postal Service Board for Complicity in ‘Devastating Arson’ by Trump and DeJoy | Common Dreams News

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

President Donald Trump turns to reporters as he exits the White House to walk toward Marine One on the South Lawn.
Guess you get what you don’t want to pay for

Former President Donald Trump issued more than 100 pardons before leaving the White House, most of them to personal friends and political allies, including controversial figures such as Paul Manafort and Gen. Michael Flynn. According to a Saturday report from Business Insider, some legal experts believe that Trump’s pardons were so “poorly worded” that the individuals he pardoned may still be open to prosecution.

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

Trump Returns To A Business Empire Ravaged By Pandemic | HuffPost

Revenue from government sources will end. Nevertheless the ex- President may not leave a financial legacy but he will have a comfortable life of golf

The disclosure showed sizable debt facing the company of more than $300 million, much of it coming due in the next four years, and a major bright spot: Revenue at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his new post-presidency home, rose by a few million dollars.

Trump Returns To A Business Empire Ravaged By Pandemic | HuffPost

More Bad News for Trump: Last Year, His Company’s Revenues Plunged $150 Million – Mother Jones

As Donald Trump left the White House yesterday, he returned to a business empire in dire financial condition—far worse than previously reported, according to newly disclosed information. Trump’s final personal financial statement, filed Wednesday night, shows that revenues at his company, the Trump Organization, plunged by more than $150 million last year—a whopping decline of nearly 40 percent. The disclosure also reveals that many of his flagship properties saw much of their business evaporate over the last year.

More Bad News for Trump: Last Year, His Company’s Revenues Plunged $150 Million – Mother Jones

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

'Trump will go down as a total failure': The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins

When former President Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the Proud Boys during his first debate with Joe Biden in late September, the far-right group felt energized. But now, at the dawn of President Joe Biden’s administration, the group is in a state of disarray and disillusionment. Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs has been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection, and some members are now railing against the former president they once idolized.

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

No one should be afraid of Donald Trump: He is the biggest loser in U.S. political history | Salon.com

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The Reality Show axed after one season

Trump’s record distinguishes him as the worst president ever. He has lost the popular vote in two national elections. He has been impeached twice, with conviction still possible in the second case. He has been an accomplice to the mass murder of over 400,000 Americans and counting due to the coronavirus. He has caused a massive economic crash. He has incited an insurrection against the government of the United States. He played a corrupt game of footsie with the president of Ukraine, and has been oddly but consistently subservient to the president of Russia. He has grifted the American people out of millions of dollars. He has pardoned associates and acquaintances who could implicate him in crimes. He has been incompetent, indifferent, lazy and vindictive. To top it all off, he has rushed to execute 13 people before his term is up — the most by any president in 120 years.

No one should be afraid of Donald Trump: He is the biggest loser in U.S. political history | Salon.com

“The Horror, the Horror.” An epitaph for Trump’s Nazi Presidency

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While White Right-Wing Domestic terror has increased under Trump

Crime, too, has dramatically fallen in the United States in the past 20 years, but Trump wants people to believe the opposite. Again, only if there is a crisis of brown and black crime will das Volk be willing to surrender their rights to the Great White Trump.

“The Horror, the Horror.” An epitaph for Trump’s Nazi Presidency

‘Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist’: Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder | Common Dreams News

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images)

“Today is the last full day of the worst and most dangerous president in American history,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

‘Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist’: Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder | Common Dreams News

Off the rails: Inside Trump’s aborted plan to control the CIA – Axios

Photo illustration of Gina Haspel with folders and files
Trump is Russia’s greatest asset

Trump had spent his last year in office ruminating over Haspel. Some of Trump’s hardcore allies, including Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, had been publicly raising doubts in his mind about her. He grew to distrust her and instead wanted a loyal ally at the top of the CIA.

Off the rails: Inside Trump’s aborted plan to control the CIA – Axios

A timeline to insurrection: The Trump tweets that security experts say led to the Capitol riots | The Independent

But before he was de-platformed across social media, he expertly used his account to disperse dangerous rhetoric and push wild election conspiracy theories to his 88 million followers. That rhetoric eventually led to insurrection and bloodshed at the Capitol, when Mr Trump’s supporters violently tried to prevent lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. Now, the New York University School of Law’s “Just Security” group says it has identified the key tweets and incendiary attacks from Mr Trump’s final year in office that culminated in the attack.

A timeline to insurrection: The Trump tweets that security experts say led to the Capitol riots | The Independent

DOJ Considers Serious Charges Against Capitol Rioters

A member of a pro-Trump mob shatters a window with his fist from inside the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

At least 170 people are currently under investigation in connection to the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, and officials expect that number to “grow to the hundreds in the next coming weeks” — a criminal probe that the top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., has described as “unprecedented, not only in FBI history, but probably DOJ history.”

DOJ Considers Serious Charges Against Capitol Rioters

‘Blood on his hands’: As US nears 400,000 COVID deaths, experts blame Trump

Donald Trump is about to become the only American leader in a century with more than 400,000 deaths from one event on his watch.

Besides being the first president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump will have a stain on his legacy with arguably longer-lasting consequences: he’s about to become the only American leader in a century with more than 400,000 deaths from one event on his watch.

‘Blood on his hands’: As US nears 400,000 COVID deaths, experts blame Trump

Report: Police 3X More Likely To Use Violence Against Liberal Protesters Than Far-Right | Crooks and Liars

Report: Police 3X More Likely To Use Violence Against Liberal Protesters Than Far-Right

Despite the massive increase in mass murder by the right-wing in Trump’s term (ODT)

New statistics from the U.S. Crisis Monitor and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) show that police used violence against leftwing protesters three times as often as against rightwing demonstrators

Report: Police 3X More Likely To Use Violence Against Liberal Protesters Than Far-Right | Crooks and Liars

Longtime GOP insider Mike Lofgren on his former party: “Going easy on these people will not work” | Salon.com

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The good citizens Trump loves

Republican officials at the highest level support insurrection, terrorism and treason. They have presided over a political culture that, for many years, has inculcated seditious desires within millions of expertly programmed citizens. The consequences became manifest on Jan. 6 when a rabid mob of neo-Confederates, fascists and associated psychotics took the Capitol by force, perhaps hoping to murder duly elected members of Congress — not to mention the vice president — and install Donald Trump as dictator.

Longtime GOP insider Mike Lofgren on his former party: “Going easy on these people will not work” | Salon.com

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

An ambulance arrives at the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian medical center in Los Angeles on 5 January.

Trump’s legacy is the Nation’s dead and he will go down in history for Standing Back and Standing By and watching (ODT)

County has seen 898% increase in cases since surge began in November, with 1,125% increase in deaths, official says

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

Our psychopath president has finally imploded: And all this was totally predictable | Salon.com

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Archie Bunker was a symbol of Free Speech that Trump is not and an enabler of Violence

Donald Trump has been an unabashed menace to our country. Many lessons need to be learned. The biggest is that we should never allow a psychopath to run our country, no matter what divisions and hostilities are brewing among the people. His rhetoric, his motives, his intentions and his actions have all created chaos and turmoil — all with the goal of keeping him in power so he could serve himself, not others.

Our psychopath president has finally imploded: And all this was totally predictable | Salon.com

Chilling Video Exposes Donald Trump’s Violent Pre-Riot Rhetoric | HuffPost UK

The violent and divisive rhetoric of President Donald Trump and his allies ahead of the US Capitol riot is laid bare in a chilling supercut released by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday.

Trump, members of his family, White House officials, Fox News personalities, congressional Republicans and others promote baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and demand retribution in the montage.

Chilling Video Exposes Donald Trump’s Violent Pre-Riot Rhetoric | HuffPost UK

Donald Trump Refuses To Pay Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Fees | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump Refuses To Pay Rudy Giuliani's Legal Fees
The Law is just another consumer item to Trump. Only pay for a win never a loss

Because Rudy didn’t deliver…so now Trump doesn’t want to pay him. Trump was “offended” by Giuliani’s request for $20,000/day. The Washington Post reports that Trump has told aides not to pay him AT ALL. Trump is also insisting on “personally approv[ing] any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states.” Everyone knows that Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills. Giuliani should not be shocked at all.

Donald Trump Refuses To Pay Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Fees | Crooks and Liars

Four Years Later: ‘Welcome to Psychopathocracy,’ the Sequel

You cannot reason with a psychopath, you cannot shame such a person or appeal to their better instincts. There is no point in writing open letters to them. The usual way of dealing with politicians who develop some wild ideas in the course of their search for voters and campaign funds will not work.

Four Years Later: ‘Welcome to Psychopathocracy,’ the Sequel

Even Trump Loyalists Can No Longer Defend His Legacy – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s presidency has had plenty of low points, but none as low as the past week. With barely two weeks left, many of the president’s Cabinet members are distancing themselves or outright resigning. Twitter—the social media megaphone that he’s used for years to peddle conspiracy theories and incite hatred—has permanently suspended his account. And even his allies can’t defend his legacy as the only president in modern history to incite a riot against the US government.

Even Trump Loyalists Can No Longer Defend His Legacy – Mother Jones