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Donald Trump has been charged with 91 criminal offenses in four criminal cases, including his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, faking business records in New York, and mishandling classified records after leaving the presidency and election interference in Georgia.

Trump’s 91 Criminal Cases

Rolling Stone politics reporter Nikki McCann Ramirez explains the criminal cases that former president Donald Trump is facing and why his lawyer argued that a president could kill his opponent as long as he’s not impeached.
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So now we're gonna toss it over to a,
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more of a serious man matter.
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Oh, Trump has 91 cases against him.
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Did you know that I knew he had a lot of cases
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One, I didn't know 91.
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Exactly. So actually to break down a little bit of what's
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going on in Trump's world,
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we have Nikki mccann Ramirez,
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a politics reporter from Rolling Stone joining us right now.
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Nikki. Can you hear us?
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Yes, hi. Thank you for having me.
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No. Yeah. Thank you so much for the time and
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for coming on. I'm not sure if you caught what we
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were talking about right now about Trump's,
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91 cases against him.
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Well, I did but I have to clarify one point.
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It is not 91 cases so much as 91 specific individual criminal
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counts that does not however include civil litigation.
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Sorry, what was the last word?
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It was a big word.
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So it's 91 criminal counts spread across maybe half a dozen cases
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That number does not include any other civil litigation,
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criminal versus civil court that Trump is involved with.
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One example of the civil cases is the ongoing Eugene Carroll defamation
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trial. What would you say is the most serious case?
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Like in your opinion,
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the most serious case?
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So the way I look at it is there's sort of what
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I call the big 32 of them I think are a little
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bigger than the third.
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The two big ones that are ongoing right now being the DOJ
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election interference trial and Georgia's Rico case against Trump and more than
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a dozen of his allies alleging that the president tried to interfere
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with the election results in the state of Georgia.
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The third one is the Eugene Carroll case.
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Mostly because I think now that a jury has found Trump liable
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for abuse and defamation.
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It goes to show that juries in this country are amiable to
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ruling against a president even if it's in a civil court.
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The DOJ election interference case is currently in a bit of
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a stalling phase because Trump is arguing before the DC Federal Court
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of Appeals that he as president or that presidents have the right
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to commit crimes. Basically with impunity.
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The argument that Trump and his attorneys are making before the US
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Court of appeals is that a president cannot be convicted or prosecuted
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for a crime that was committed while he was in office unless
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he's first impeached by the Senate.
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So basically, if you're president,
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you could do whatever you want.
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Like this is what it sounds like.
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That's insane. To me,
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the Federal Court of Appeals is a panel of three judges and
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they'll decide on the question,
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one of the judges asked Trump's attorney.
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So hypothetically if the president ordered seal team six to kill his
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political opponent, would the,
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would we be able to prosecute the president for that crime,
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the crime of murder,
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of ordering an assassination?
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And Trump's attorney responded yes,
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but only if he was impeached first,
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which that just sets up the scenario that,
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you know, if a president hypothetically had his political opponent assassinated
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and then resigned from office,
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you couldn't prosecute him or if the plot wasn't discovered until after
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he left office, you couldn't prosecute him.
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It's, it's an absurd proposition,
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but it's currently being argued in court and we expect a decision
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from the Court of Appeals later this week.
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And if the court does not rule in Trump's favor,
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it's expected that he will appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Wow. Well, yeah,
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yeah, it's a lot.
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But thank you so much.
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Thank you for your time.
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We honestly appreciate all the knowledge you shared and hope you can
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join us again in the future because as we know,
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this is only like scratching the surface.
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So, you know,
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we're excited to keep diving in with you.
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I had so many note cards any time.
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Well, good to know.
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But again, thank you Nikki and hopefully again,
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we have you back on soon.
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Of course. Thank you both.
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So much take care.