The long line of people waiting to sue Donald Trump when he steps down

When he packs up his belongings and leaves the White House in January, outgoing US President Donald Trump may be facing a legal reckoning like no other.

Mr Trump is currently facing several investigations investigating alleged fraud as a private citizen in his financial business dealings-both as an individual and through his business.

He also faces defamation litigation caused by his denials of allegations made by women who have alleged he raped them including E Jean Carroll, the former columnist of a magazine.

And then there are allegations that he, for his own profits, manipulated the presidency.

As president , Mr. Trump was able, in part because of his official position, to block and postpone some of these investigations and lawsuits-including a year-long dispute over a subpoena for his tax returns.

“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan US attorney’s office, said.
“For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases, [and that] is based largely on the fact that he is president.”

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