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What Trump Investigations Mean for a Trump Candidacy

Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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Former President Donald Trump embarked on another White House run while facing a slew of legal troubles, with criminal indictments and maybe a civil trial or two threatening to interrupt his campaign. Though not disqualifying, the cases could pose distractions and produce unflattering revelations that no presidential candidate would welcome. Trump is no normal politician, though, and the legal scrutiny could feed his preferred narrative that he is being unfairly targeted by the current Democratic administration and a “deep state” bureaucracy. 

Trump faces possible criminal charges by the US Justice Department over classified documents found at his home at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, as well as by Atlanta’s district attorney over his attempts to change the 2020 Georgia election results. “All these bodies are active and not subject to his control and could issue an indictment almost at any time,” said Kevin O’Brien, a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn. On the civil side, Trump’s hurdles include a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James that accuses him and three of his children of fraudulently manipulating the value of the company’s assets for years.