Mr. Vance has assembled a grand jury to determine whether or not to bring charges against Mr. Trump; the panel has already interviewed a number of employees of the former president. The public prosecutor’s office confiscated Mr. Weisselberg’s personal tax and financial documents and those of his daughter-in-law.
New York attorney general Letitia James also opened a parallel investigation into whether the Trump organization had manipulated real estate values to avoid taxes and gain other financial gain. In May, Ms. James’s office announced that its investigation, which began as a civil matter, had expanded to include crime and would join the investigation into Mr. Vance.
The former president’s niece, psychologist and author Mary Trump, has also sued him for fraud. Last year she filed a lawsuit alleging that Mr. Trump cheated on her out of tens of millions of dollars. She had claimed that after the death of her father, Fred Trump Jr., she was prevented from accessing her share of his will and that her share was slowly being used up by Donald Trump and other family members. After Fred Trump Sr.’s death, the remaining Trump siblings attempted to completely remove Mary from family ownership, she said.
She accepted a settlement in 2001, but after a 2018 Times investigation pulled the curtain on the family’s finances, she filed a lawsuit accusing her uncle and siblings of fraud and breach of trust. The lawsuit is still pending.
The best-known lawsuit against Donald Trump may be that of E. Jean Carroll, a journalist and counseling columnist whose 2019 book accuses him of raping her in the 1990s. After Mr. Trump publicly denied the allegations, saying that Ms. Carroll was “not my type,” she sued him for damaging her reputation and career.
When Mr Trump was still in office, the Justice Department attempted to end the lawsuit, arguing that he was legally protected from defamation lawsuits filed over things he said during his tenure as president. A federal judge ruled against the administration, but the agency’s lawyers appealed.