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  • Alyssa Spencer

In Case You Missed It: Summary of The Charges Against Donald Trump

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

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Ever since former President, Donald Trump made his announcement to run for President in November of 2022, his campaign has been marked by the numerous accusations, indictments,  and charges made against him by his political opponents. All of the indictments and criminal charges against Donald Trump have amounted to 4 different cases. 

The first case brought against former President, Donald Trump, was made in March 2023 by the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who ran his platform on promises to charge Trump. Trump was arraigned in Manhattan over 34 felony charges for falsifying business records. These charges allegedly involve potential “hush-money” payments to adult film star, Stormy Daniels back during his 2016 campaign for President. This charge would normally be considered a misdemeanor, however the progressive DA is attempting to make it a felony charge. 

Donald Trump is also being charged for “attempting to overturn election results in Georgia”. The charge is based on a phone call that Donald Trump made to Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger asking him to find 11,780 votes for Trump, which would’ve been enough votes for Trump to win Georgia over Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump also faces 37 charges in a classified documents case. This charge came about after the FBI raided Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-lago and discovered dozens of allegedly classified documents in his home. Donald Trump claims that he declassified them when he was President. He is being charged for allegedly violating the Espionage Act. Prosecutors claim that Trump had shown these documents to individuals who should not have had access to them.

Tuesday, August 1st, Trump was also charged with 4 crimes related to the transfer of power and “insurrection” on January 6th, 2021. The alleged crimes are as follows: Conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. 

Trump maintains that he will continue his campaign for President undeterred by the charges brought against him. Other Republican candidates for the presidential nomination such as Ron Desantis and Vivek Ramaswamy have stated clearly that if either of them were to win the presidency, they would use their presidential power to pardon Donald Trump, should he be convicted.


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