Some of you following the news this week may be thinking, how many investigations is Donald Trump involved in.
Well, it turns out a lot.
My hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, helpfully set forth a list:
- A House committee and the Department of Justice are investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
- The District of Columbia attorney general is looking into potential fraud at the presidential inaugural committee.
- The Manhattan District Attorney, the New York Attorney General, and the Westchester County District Attorney are all separately looking into financial and tax fraud at the Trump organization.
- The Fulton County (GA) district attorney is in front of a grand jury looking at whether Trump criminally interfered with the 2020 presidential election in that state.
- The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Trump broke the law in the way he, in post-presidency, announced how he would take his private social media company public.
- Finally, there is this matter that led to Monday’s search. It suggests he took material meant for the National Archives.
One that should be on the list but isn’t is the criminal case that was being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., but which has lost steam under his successor for reasons that are not really clear.
In any case, Trump was finally scheduled to be deposed by the New York Attorney General’s office in the civil fraud case against his organization and he — surprise, surprise — plead the Fifth and refused to answer any questions. Jared, Ivanka, Donald Jr. and other members of the Trump have already been deposed or are scheduled to be deposed.
In a related development, the January 6th Committee is now seeking the full contents of Alex Jones’ cell phone, which is attorneys accidentally released to plaintiff’s counsel in their defamation case.
That could lead to criminal charges for Alex Jones, but could also cause trouble for Trump and his people, depending on what’s in there. And information about January 6th should definitely be in there.
Finally, there is the irony that the “lock her up” crowd suddenly sees prosecuting your political enemies as, well, maybe not such a good thing after all.