Daily US Times: If things don’t go Donald Trump’s way in the upcoming election, he may face more serious matters than how to pack up the West Wing.Mr Trump has to face legal reckoning on his way if he loses.
Without some of the protections afforded him by the presidency, the Republican President will become vulnerable to multiple investigations looking into possible fraud in his financial business dealings as a private citizen — both through his company and as an individual. He faces defamation lawsuits sparked by his denials of accusations made by a number of women who have alleged he assaulted them, including the former magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll who has accused him of rape. And then there are claims that Mr Trump corrupted the presidency for his personal profits.
As President, Donald Trump has been able to block and delay several of these lawsuits and investigations — including a yearlong fight over a subpoena for his tax returns — in part because of his official position. Many of those matters have reappeared in courts and will come to a head whether Mr Trump is reelected or not.
But with the polls showing that Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden is leading in the race, the stakes become much higher for the President if he loses the election. A raft of legal issues, including a criminal investigation in New York, will come into focus in the weeks after Election Day.
Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan US attorney’s office, said: “In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him.”
As examples, the prosecutor pointed out Mr Trump’s higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases. Trump would have face trose legal reckoning if he no longer stays in the Oval Office.
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