Trump Could Face Criminal Charges After Second Impeachment Acquittal
Former President Donald Trump‘s acquittal on Saturday in his second impeachment trial doesn’t mean he’s legally out of the woods – he still could be indicted on criminal charges in numerous cases.
Currently, he is the target of at least one criminal investigation, led by Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, who has been fighting for months to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax returns.
Before the 2016 presidential election, two women claimed they had affairs with Trump, the accusations followed by Trump paying them hush money. Additionally, Vance is examining possible allegations of tax evasion and insurance and bank fraud.
In July, the Supreme Court ordered Trump’s accountants to hand over financial documents to Vance’s team, which caused Trump’s lawyers to challenge the scope of the requested documents.
Trump said the investigation was “the worst witch hunt in U.S. history.”
Vance’s office has recently interviewed Deutsche Bank employees, which have long supported Trump and his administration. Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was also interviewed, after receiving a three-year prison term after admitting to making payments to Trump’s two alleged mistresses.
A Georgia prosecutor opened a criminal investigation last week into whether Trump violated state election laws by asking the secretary of state to “find him the votes” to change the election’s outcome.
Many critics of Trump are thrilled at the thought that the former president might be charged, including activists at “Rise and Resist” protests recently held in New York City, who called for his imprisonment during a New York demonstration in January.