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Trump is vulnerable to ‘multiple fraud investigations’ when he loses the protection of the presidency

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If President Trump doesn’t win reelection this November, he will become vulnerable “multiple investigations looking into possible fraud in his financial business dealings as a private citizen,” according to Kara Scannell and Erica Orden reporting for CNN this Saturday.

The investigations could look into Trump’s dealings both as an individual and through his companies, Scannell and Orden write, adding that he faces an array of allegations from women he’s allegedly sexually assaulted to claims that he’s profited from the presidency.

Trump has been able to stave off investigations and lawsuits during his time in the White House, but as polls show Joe Biden ahead of Trump in key demographics, the eventual return to private life for Trump has raised the stakes.

“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” former federal prosecutor Harry Sandick told CNN. “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.”

CNN legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers says that Trump is so powerful right now, he can’t be indicted, “so there is an incentive to build their case and get ready.”

“I think what happens if he loses and leaves office that things will move very quickly,” she added.

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