Trump is ranting about voter 'fraud' as he fears going to prison after leaving White House, insiders claim
Trump stands vulnerable to a series of criminal and civil legal actions once he loses the presidency as well as the executive privilege he's used as protective cover until now
The tide appears to be turning in Joe Biden's favor in the presidential elections and he stands at the cusp of being declared the new president of the United States. His rival Donald Trump cried hoarse as the red wave that he was confident about turned blue in major states of the country. Trump has announced that he'll be contesting the results in the Supreme Court and since election night been tweeting "STOP THE COUNT!" insinuating that his win has been "stolen". He's also retweeting articles that glorify his administration and the work that has been carried out by them, in a desperate attempt to try and safeguard four more years in office.
White House insiders have now claimed that his tirade about being robbed of a second term are partially fuelled by his fear of going to prison, according to a Mirror report. Trump will suddenly become unguarded to a volley of criminal and civil legal actions against him, as soon as his loss is confirmed. He's used executive privilege to prevent people from coming forward to depose against him. All of that seems to change now, as Biden inches closer to becoming the president.
Harry Sandick, a former US federal prosecutor, said: “In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him." He also said, “For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases, [and that] is based largely on the fact that he is president.”
The Trump Organisation is already at the center of a criminal probe. Trump also faces a case over his taxes. His legal team attempted to quash a subpoena from the Manharran District Attorney's office where they'd requested for eight years of tax returns. This was to determine if the Trump Organization had fabricated business records relating to payouts made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Trump would also have no immunity to defamation lawsuits stemming from his multiple denails of accusations from dozens of women that he sexually assaulted them. The list of women includes writer E Jean Carroll who accused he raped her at a Bergdorf in the mid-'90s, and 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos. Zervos had accused Trump of "aggresively" kissing, groping, and rubbing his genitals against her in 2007. These accusations were made shortly before the 2016 elections and Trump had brushed them off as "fiction."
Trump also stands to face grave danger from the criminal probe into the Trump Organization over allegations covering the time he was in charge before handing it over to his sons Don Jr. and Eric after he was declared president. Along with the criminal probe, the New York Attorney General is pressing ahead with a civil law investigation into the Trump Organization.They are looking into whether the firm falsely valued several assets, inflating or lowering them as needed to secure either loans or tax breaks. Trump's golf courses, hotels and tower blocks are said to be investigated. The Internal Revenue Service, the HM Revenue and Customs too are said to be closing in. The New York Times has reported that tax investigators are also probing into a £55.5million ($73 million) refund he claimed.
The state attorneys general of Maryland and Washington DC sued the president three years ago, claiming he corruptly benefited from the presidency by putting the interests of American citizens below his own, earning millions in the process. In many civil lawsuits, Trump has avoided giving evidence, and in Carroll's case avoided providing a DNA sample. A probe was opened by the US Office of Special Counsel on Thursday, into whether the Trump campaign’s use of the White House violated federal law. Representative Bill Pascrell called on the watchdog to conduct an inquiry, to which the agency responded that it “was not consulted on the decision to use space inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building as a campaign war room." The Hatch Act prohibits the use of federal property for campaign events, but the Republican Party hosted its election convention and many other events at the White House.
To add to this, Trump's neice niece Mary Trump is suing him, his sister and the estate of their deceased brother. She alleges fraud, saying she was deprived her of her privileges in the family property empire.