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Former President Trump arrived at a rally on Friday, August 5, in Wisconsin. Trump has been the subject of several ongoing investigations into his business dealings and actions while in the White House.

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Former President Trump arrived at a rally on Friday, August 5, in Wisconsin. Trump has been the subject of several ongoing investigations into his business dealings and actions while in the White House.

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FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Monday as part of an investigation into White House tapes Trump took with him. The records were to be transferred to the National Archives when he left office.

The FBI would not comment on details of the investigation or the search, and Trump was quick to say he had previously cooperated with authorities investigating the tapes, though he did not provide any specifics.

This is not the only investigation into Trump at the moment. Authorities have several open cases against the former president, including investigations into his businesses, his tax returns and his actions that led to the January 6 uprising at the Capitol.

Those investigations are brewing as Trump weighs another presidential run. The political ramifications of the investigations are unknown, as is how and if they will affect his decision.

Here’s a summary of some of the investigations involving Trump.

White House documents

That investigation appears to be related to Monday’s raid at Mar-a-Lago, though there is no official confirmation from federal authorities about what they were looking for.

In February, the National Archives and Records Administration said it had removed 15 boxes of White House documents from Mar-a-Lago in violation of the Presidential Archives Act because the records were supposed to be in the National Archives. At the time, Attorney General Merrick Garland said they included classified material.

There is also a potential violation of federal law that dictates how classified material is handled. The Washington Post reported that many records were glued together or returned to the archive still cut up. The records included letters from foreign leaders such as Kim Jong Un and a letter former President Obama wrote to Trump when he took office in 2017.

Riot in the Capitol on January 6 and the attempt to cancel the 2020 elections

An ongoing House Select Committee investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has revealed Trump’s involvement in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and turn it in his favor.

While the House Committee cannot prosecute Trump, it can make a referral to do so. The Justice Department may, however, as part of its investigation into what happened on January 6. The department has so far charged more than 870 people and is investigating those who supported political rallies held before the attack on the Capitol.

“We will prosecute anyone who was criminally responsible for trying to interfere with the transfer, the legitimate, legal transfer of power from one administration to another,” Garland told NBC News in July.

A House committee investigation also found that Trump and his campaign misled campaign donors who gave money to fight Trump’s false claims about election fraud. The committee says the former president’s campaign received $250 million in donations for a legal defense fund that was never created. It is possible that Trump could be charged with fraud.

Trump, meanwhile, faces yet another state-level investigation. In Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fannie Willis is investigating whether Trump broke the law in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 Georgia election, including when he called Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and asked him to “find” enough votes for him. .

Republicans in other states, including Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, have also submitted fake election results, and this could be another avenue that leads the Justice Department to Trump.

Trump’s business in New York

On Wednesday, Trump recognized the Fifth Amendment as part of a civil investigation in New York state. The case examines whether Trump inflated the value of his businesses, such as golf courses and skyscrapers, by misleading the tax authorities.

Trump said on social media that “on the advice of counsel” he “refused to answer questions about the rights and privileges granted to every citizen under the United States Constitution.”

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, two of the former president’s children, also testified in recent days.


Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, headquarters of the Trump Organization, the former president’s family business.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading that civil investigation, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also investigated Trump. The fate of the Manhattan probe has been uncertain since two top attorneys resigned earlier this year and the grand jury investigating Trump ended, though prosecutor Alvin Bragg insisted it did not stop work.

Trump’s tax returns

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, as part of this criminal investigation, was able to obtain Trump’s 2021 tax returns after a long legal battle.

Now, after years of requests, the House Committee will also be able to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the IRS, according to a court ruling released Tuesday. Trump can still file an appeal, but the committee says they are confident they will receive the documents quickly.

It’s not so much an investigation as a legal ruling, but Trump is the only president in 40 years to not pay his taxes, and the documents have been sought by lawmakers and voters since he announced his bid for the White House in 2015. .

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