No longer faced with being convicted in an impeachment trial, disgraced former President Donald Trump is now privately complaining about the multitude of lawsuits that are piling up against him.
Senate Republicans may have let Trump get away with inciting insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, but he will likely be spending a lot of time in courtrooms over the next several years as legal and civil lawsuits are filed against him for a variety of reasons.
The biggest, of course, being possible prosecution for inciting insurrection, which resulted in the murder of a Capitol Police officer.
Next up is election interference in Georgia, where Trump is being investigated by prosecutors.
Not to be outdone, the state of New York and the Manhattan District Attorney are simultaneously investigating Trump for a number of financial crimes that could topple what’s left of his business empire.
Trump is also named in a lawsuit by the NAACP contending that he violated the KKK Act of 1871 by engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow the government.
If that’s not enough, Trump is also being sued by multiple women he allegedly assaulted or raped, including E. Jean Carroll, who is still seeking Trump’s DNA to prove he sexually assaulted her.
The weight of the lawsuits and criminal probes pretty much guarantee that Trump won’t be spending as much time on the golf course as he would like and that he will be spending a lot of money on attorneys.
According to the Daily Beast, he’s also whining about it.
[W]ith the Senate trial in the rearview, Trump is now confronting a whole range of other legal dramas during his immediate post-presidency. No longer shielded by the considerable legal protection of the Oval Office, Trump has privately bemoaned that his foes are going to be investigating or “suing me for the rest of my life,” according to one person who’s discussed the matter with him in the past few weeks.
And one person who could sue Trump in the months ahead is MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, whom Trump repeatedly slandered last year by falsely accusing him of murdering a former staffer in his Florida office in 2001. In fact, Scarborough has already got a law firm lined up to pull the trigger.
According to a person with knowledge of the matter, Scarborough has recently told people that he is still considering filing a lawsuit against the former president, but that he hasn’t made a final decision yet, and likely won’t for months. However, the MSNBC host has also said that if there ends up being a pile of civil lawsuits filed against Trump in the coming months, particularly over his role in starting the Jan. 6 riot, that would likely factor into his calculus not to bother with filing his own suit.
In recent months, this knowledgeable source added, Scarborough has discussed a potential suit against Trump with Washington, D.C.-area lawyer Elizabeth “Libby” Locke, of the noted Clare Locke firm.
Scarborough was not even in Florida at the time of his staffer’s tragic death. He was in Washington DC at the time Lori Klausutis passed out due a heart condition and hit her head on a desk.
Trump smeared Scarborough repeatedly on Twitter, and the tweets can still be used as evidence since there are archives that have preserved them. Trump has been banned from using Twitter since after the Capitol insurrection.
Senate Republicans refused to hold Trump accountable for four years. Now it’s time for him to be held accountable for all of his crimes one way or another, whether he likes it or not.
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