Friday 12 August 2022 10:16 PM Trump besieged on all sides: An FBI raid, a New York tax probe, a Georgia grand ... trends now
When FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday it triggered outrage among his supporters, who accused the Department of Justice of persecuting the former president.
Trump himself accused authorities of a 'witch hunt,' and of trying to ensure that he could never run for president again.
Even Republicans with no great love of Trump said it was a dangerous and unprecedented step.
'This is a very dangerous line they've crossed,' said New York GOP donor Eric Levine.
'And unless they come away with proof that he was plotting with Putin the invasion of New Hampshire or something, this heavy-handed manner of obtaining information on an ex-president is quite breathtaking.'
Sources said the raid was part of an investigation into whether Trump took classified documents home with him after leaving the White House, and even that they may have included nuclear secrets.
Former President Donald Trump faces a slew of legal battles that has only intensified since leaving office. They include investigations into his conduct after the election and his business practices. The probes stretch across the country
A new report on Friday claimed some documents labeled top secret were found in a storage room near the Mar-a-Lago pool. There are two pools on the Florida estate, one near the main house and the other parallel to the ocean
And it signified that Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Department of Justice now have the former president squarely in their sights.
Whether or not they have the evidence - or the political will - to charge a former president is another question.
But it is not the only legal jeopardy facing Trump or his business empire.
Two criminal investigations are under way. One is into allegations of interference in the 2020 election and another into possible financial crimes.
At the same time, a Congressional inquiry is weighing whether or not to recommend criminal charges related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol last year.
January 6 investigation
Trump supporters overran the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 last year. The House of Representatives is collecting evidence about Trump's role in the violence
Trump was acquitted last year by the Senate of 'inciting an insurrection' for the way he fired up his supporters and spread false claims about the 2020 election being stolen from him.
Republicans said he was vindicated.
But that was not the end of the matter.
The House has established a committee to sift through the events leading up to the riot, and has presented its evidence in a series of blockbuster hearings during the summer.
It has included testimony from Trump's own aides that he knew he had lost the election, despite public claims to the contrary, and that he was told some of his supporters were armed, yet still demand they be allowed to march on Congress to protest certification of Joe Biden's election victory.
The committee has no legal power to prosecute Trump. But it could