Prosecutors won’t file any charges against Trump until after the election

The department has long followed a rule of not filing charges against political candidates in the pre-election period, which is traditionally defined as 60 days before a vote, which this year begins on Sept. 10. The US general election will be held on November 8.

Although Trump himself is not running in November, he has endorsed many Republican candidates for governor and congressional posts. The media also speculate that Trump will announce that he will run for president again by November.

“Partisan politics must play no part in the work of federal investigators or the prosecutors who initiate criminal prosecutions,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. However, nothing prevents investigators from continuing their activities behind closed doors, for example interviewing witnesses or analyzing documents.

In early August, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched Trump’s Florida mansion at Mar-a-Lago to seize classified documents that Trump had not turned over to the National Archives after leaving the White House, as is the duty of every outgoing US president.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recently said in an interview with Fox News that there will be “storms in the streets” if Trump is indicted over classified documents.

In the state of Georgia, Trump faces charges that he tried to overturn the results of the presidential election. Early last year, a recording of a phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who oversaw the organization of the election, was leaked to the media. At the time, among other things, Trump told Raffensperger that he needed to “find” from him the exact number of votes he lacked to reverse the defeat. “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” an upset Trump reportedly told Raffensperger.

The US Congressional investigation into Trump’s actions during the attack on the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 is also the subject of much media attention.

A trial is expected to begin early next year over the alleged defamation of journalist E. Jean Carroll, who sued Trump for defamation in November 2019, months after she publicly accused him of rape.

Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, is also under investigation for alleged financial fraud, both in civil and criminal proceedings in the state of New York.

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