- Trump continues to publicly attack the DOJ and FBI after last week’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.
- But people in his immediate environment warn that he could soon be prosecuted anyway.
- “I think he is being targeted by all of them and I think he will be charged,” said a lawyer who knows Trumpworld.
As former President Donald Trump continues to publicly attack the Justice Department and the FBI after last week’s unprecedented raid on his Mar-a-Lago club, people close to his inner circle told Insider they believe he is in serious trouble. legal problems could arise.
An attorney familiar with the Trump team’s thought process said in an interview that the ex-president “loves to run the show” and is “a strong supporter of the public relations attack,” but could face criminal charges soon. . talk their way out.
“He should be concerned about all these investigations,” the lawyer added. “I think he is being targeted by all of them and I think he will be charged.”
Trump is currently at the center of a number of state and federal criminal investigations. At the forefront is the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, when he moved government data from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon his departure.
The department has also targeted the former president in its extensive criminal investigation into events surrounding the Capitol uprising and has subpoenaed several former top White House officials in recent weeks. Prosecutors have also subpoenaed the National Archives for all of the White House data it turned over to the House’s selected committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
In Georgia, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office is investigating whether Trump and his allies have violated Georgia’s laws in their efforts to nullify President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state. And in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office recently signed a plea deal with Trump’s chief accountant, Allen Weisselberg, who this week pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonies and agreed to implicate the Trump organization.
But Alan Dershowitz, who represented Trump during his Senate impeachment trial, told Insider Friday that Trump should be most concerned about the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his business practices.
“Right now it’s just civilized, but you never know,” he said. “The citizen can always become criminal, as with Weisselberg.”
He also said he believes that even if Trump is charged with a felony from one of the criminal investigations, he could still run for president in 2024. “Based on the current investigations, there is no way he can be barred from participation,” Dershowitz said.
As Insider previously reported, there is nothing in the Constitution to stop someone from running for a presidential election if they are in prison after being convicted of a crime. Socialist candidate Eugene Debs had been convicted of treason under the Espionage Act when he ran for president in 1920. And Lyndon LaRouche, who was convicted of mail fraud and jailed in 1988, ran for president in 1992.
If convicted of violating two of the three laws the DOJ has admitted is investigating him in connection with his removal of classified documents, Trump could theoretically launch a 2024 presidential campaign even if he is incarcerated.
But if he’s convicted of violating any of those laws — 18 USC Section 2071, which prohibits the concealment, removal, or mutilation of government documents in general — he could be disqualified from serving again.
That said, legal scholars told The New York Times it’s unlikely Trump will be blocked again, even if convicted of a Section 2071 violation, citing Supreme Court rulings indicating Congress has met the Constitution’s eligibility criteria. for the presidency cannot be put aside.
Trump spokesmen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his current legal situation. On Friday night, the former president still criticized the FBI’s search as a corrupt exercise of power, and he also said on Truth Social that his lawyers will soon file a “major Fourth Amendment motion” regarding the raid.