Trump could be prosecuted for his dirty financial deeds — legal experts break down how it could play out

Trump could be prosecuted for his dirty financial deeds — legal experts break down how it could play out
Bob Brigham

President Donald Trump is now less than two months away from the official end of his presidency, which means many of his financial dealings could come back to haunt him in the very near future.

Legal experts are now analyzing how Trump could face consequences for his reckless behavior along with his personal and business financial misdeeds, according to Mother Jones.

Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney in Michigan who was also the head of the corruption case against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, weighed in on the possibility of Trump facing charges after exiting the White House in January.

McQuade admitted she is confident obstruction would be an easy case to prove where Trump is concerned.

"The second question a federal prosecutor must ask is, 'Would a prosecution advance a substantial federal interest?'" McQuade said. "When a president is involved, that's a much harder question. I'm sure there is some sentiment that the country should move on, but perhaps some sentiment that we should not let a president get away with crimes with impunity just because they're the president."

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, isn't as confident about Trump facing obstruction charges, but he believes Trump could be used as an example.

"How would the fact that it's Donald Trump impact a jury?" he wonders. "To me the best argument for taking action is a future deterrence argument," he says. "Trump is somebody who was focused on defeating the lawful functions of the Justice Department, so taking action sends a signal that presidents should not do that again."

Lastly, there are Trump's financial misdeeds. As a businessman, Trump developed a strategy of fighting back to wear down his opponents, but McQuade is not sure that approach will work with U.S. prosecutors.

"I think that when you are a private entity there are other equities you have to think about besides the outcome of the case," McQuade said. "You have to think about your reputational risk, if he's going to slam you in the press, and there's a worry there's going to be negative impact on your bottom line."

She also made it clear that Trump's antics likely won't work against prosecutors. According to McQuade, "getting criticized is part of the job."

So far, Trump has managed to rake in more than $150 million from his supporters for his post-election legal battle although there is little to no chance he could overturn the election. However, the fine print tells his donors the funds could likely be used for other purposes.


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