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

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

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FBI agents searched the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Monday in what appeared to be part of an investigation into White House records Trump took. The records were to be handed over to the National Archives after he left office.

The FBI isn’t commenting on the details of the investigation or the search, and Trump was quick to say he previously worked with authorities to examine the records, though he didn’t add details.

This isn’t the only investigation Trump is currently dealing with. Authorities have several open investigations into the former president, including investigations into his business dealings, his tax returns and his actions leading up to the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol.

These investigations brew up as Trump weighs another presidential run. The political ramifications of the investigation are unclear, as well as how or if they would influence his decision.

Here’s a summary of some of the investigations Trump is involved in.

White House Documents

This is the investigation that appears to be linked to Monday’s raid in Mar-a-Lago, although there has been no official confirmation from federal authorities as to what they were looking for.

In February, the National Archives and Records Administration announced that they had retrieved 15 boxes of White House documents from Mar-a-Lago, in violation of the Presidential Records Act, because those records should have been in the National Archives. Attorney General Merrick Garland said at the time they contained classified material.

There’s also a possible violation of a federal law mandating the handling of classified information. That Washington Post reported that many of the records were taped together or still arrived at the archive in pieces. The records included letters from foreign leaders like Kim Jong Un and the letter that former President Obama wrote to Trump when he took office in 2017.

The January 6 riot in the Capitol and the attempt to overturn the 2020 election

The ongoing House Select Committee investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots has exposed Trump’s involvement in an attempt to deny the results of the 2020 presidential election and tilt them in his favor.

While the House Committee cannot prosecute Trump, it can choose to make referrals to that effect. However, the Justice Department could file charges as part of its investigation into the January 6 events. So far, the department has indicted more than 870 people and is investigating those who supported political rallies held before the Capitol attack.

“We will hold accountable everyone who was criminally responsible for attempting to disrupt the flow, the legitimate, lawful flow of power from one government to the next,” Garland told NBC News in July.

The House Committee’s investigation also found that Trump and his campaign misled campaign donors who gave money to combat Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. The committee says the former president’s campaign raised $250 million in donations for a legal defense fund that was never established. It’s possible Trump will be charged with wire fraud.

Meanwhile, Trump faces another state-level probe. In Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating whether Trump broke the law when he tried to overturn the Georgia 2020 election results, specifically 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, also sent in fake election results, and it could be another path that brings the DOJ close to Trump.

Trump’s business in New York

Trump pleaded for the Fifth Amendment Wednesday during a civil investigation in upstate New York. This case examines whether Trump overstated the value of his businesses, such as golf courses and skyscrapers, and misled tax authorities.

Trump said on social media that “on the advice of an attorney,” he “refused to answer questions about the rights and privileges afforded 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 this civil investigation, and the Manhattan Attorney’s Office has also been investigating Trump. The fate of the Manhattan Inquiry has been uncertain since two leading attorneys resigned earlier this year and the grand jury investigating Trump expired, though prosecutor Alvin Bragg has insisted it would not end the work.

Trump’s tax returns

Manhattan DAs were able to obtain Trump’s 2021 tax returns as part of this criminal investigation after a protracted legal battle.

Well, after years of requests, the House Ways and Means Committee will also be able to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the IRS, according to a Tuesday court opinion. Trump can still appeal, but the committee says they are confident they will receive the documents quickly.

It’s less of an investigation than a court decision, but Trump is the only president in the past 40 years who hasn’t released his taxes, and the documents have been sought by lawmakers and voters since he announced his candidacy for the White House in 2015.

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