10 Things in Politics: Trump faces a tsunami of legal peril

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Trump is facing a potential legal tsunami after his acquittal.
Millions of Americans are without power amid freezing temperatures.
Liz Cheney is in for her biggest fight yet.

1. FULL COURT PRESS: Former President Donald Trump survived impeachment by being out of office. But the same status could prove to be a future detriment. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators who voted to acquit Trump say the court system is the best suited to potentially charge Trump over the Capitol insurrection. Other prosecutors have pledged to investigate. This, combined with ongoing probes, could escalate into a legal tsunami.

My colleague Dave Levinthal illustrates in an exclusive report why may still see Trump in court.

Why is this happening now?: A longstanding Justice Department tradition calls for not prosecuting sitting presidents. Presidents can also argue they are too busy to cooperate with lawsuits. And finally, there are a number of ways to bend the bureaucracy in your favor, as Trump found out when the DOJ intervened in a defamation suit against him. All of these protections are now gone.

What might be on the docket?: The list ranges from before Trump even entered office to his final days trying to cling to power.

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The investigations that left the headlines: Southern District of New York prosecutors named Trump as “Individual-1” in their investigation of the hush-money scheme to silence Stormy Daniels. Also, DC Attorney General Karl Racine is investigating whether Trump’s inauguration included improper payments to his private businesses. There’s also Trump’s years-long audit fight with the IRS.

The most recent issues: Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, are investigating Trump’s efforts to pressure the state’s secretary of state to “find” votes for him. The Capitol riots also open the former president to other liabilities far beyond what impeachment would have imposed on him.

A congressional commission?: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to create a congressional investigation similar to the famous 9/11 commission to investigate the riots. Some Democrats want to go further by forming a “truth commission” to review any number of Trump-era policies, from child separations to his pandemic response.

of Dave’s report here.

2. Millions of Americans are without power amid freezing temps: 150 million Americans are under storm warnings, per The New York Times. Residents in 14 different states are facing rolling blackouts.

The situation in Texas is particularly dire: 2 million Texans are without power. Some in the state, including in Austin, are experiencing outages that lasted overnight, the Texas Tribune reports. A particularly severe cold snap is stressing the grid, made worse by limited gas supplies and frozen wind turbines.

3. Liz Cheney …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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