Former President Donald Trump has had more ongoing legal issues to keep investigators, the legal system, and the general public consistently on edge. Today May 23, 2023, Trump is set to appear by remote video at a hearing. This is in relation to business records and the hush money case in Manhattan where he was the first-ever president to be criminally indicted. This current procedure, in which he has pleaded not guilty, is apparently one of many in which he will be required to participate.
The spectacle is noted as a former president, criminally indicted and still in the mix of numerous legal battles is running for the Republican nomination of the United States for 2024. These ongoing legal issues will clearly take much time from his present campaign focus.
Republicans looking for the 2024 nomination are jumping into the carnival at hand. South Carolina Sen.Tim Scott announced yesterday and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expected to formally announce his White House bid within days.
Issues surrounding Trump’s former lawyer taking notes stating that the former president wanted to fight subpoenas in relation to the classified documents are at the forefront. These new investigations as reported by CNN indicate that Trump wanted to push back against the Justice Department of the United States to recover classified documents that were in his possession. Special counsel Jack Smith is currently investigating possible breaches of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice.
The Trump organization has been subpoenaed for information in regard to specific business dealings with foreign countries. This was first reported by The New York Times. According to CNN, it has been suggested by a source that the ex-president’s dealings with nations in classified documents located in Mar-a-Lago ( Trump’s Florida home) may have been of interest. CNN requested comments from The Trump Organization but has had no reply to date.
A recent interview with Paula Reid CNN on Saturday, May 20, 2023, indicated great discord between Trump and his legal team. Tim Parlatore, one of Trump’s former attorneys, reported that some people in Trump’s inner circle left because the chaos of defending his boss was made more difficult than it actually needed to be. In addition to these issues, the Trump team is still waiting to hear whether Trump will be indicted in Georgia over his efforts to overthrow President Joe Biden’s general election victory in 2020. Jack Smith is also investigating the behavior and comments of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, in relation to the mob attack on the capital of the United States of America.
The legal issues surrounding Trump, a former president, are ongoing. The realization that Trump is in the running to be a Republican candidate for President of the United States- with a criminal indictment-are daunting as well.