Trump’s 2023 done: 91 felony charges, four trials and one shooting later

Former President Donald Trump spent much of 2023 facing a mountain of legal battles across the country. Let's unpack the details of these legal challenges.

How do the numbers stack up? He faces or has faced nine separate cases, four trials, one shooting and one brutal decision in Colorado that disqualifies him from the state presidency.

How many charges does Donald Trump face? The former president has been charged with 91 felonies in multiple criminal cases.

In how many states were the cases involving him? Five: New York, Florida, Colorado, Georgia and Washington.

What is Mr. Trump's character archetype? “Artist with real estate.”

Top artist? Probably Kanye West.

His top song? “Justice For All” with Mr. Trump and the J6 Prison Choir.

Here's a deep dive into Mr. Trump's year in court dealing:

Supreme Court of Colorado

Folded: A landmark decision, a potential appeal.

Just this week, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling, ruling that Trump is ineligible for the presidency and should be removed from the 2024 ballot, given his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump's campaign has since said it plans to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

After the decision, Mr Trump took to Truth Social to air his grievances: “A SAD DAY IN AMERICA!!!” He later wrote, “BANANA REPUBLIC??? ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!!”

“Election interference” has been perhaps one of Mr. Trump's most repeated catchphrases this year.

Civil Fraud Trial in New York

Description: 11-week trial, $250 million lawsuit, 40 witnesses.

That case appears to have struck a chord with Mr. Trump, who has long touted his personal wealth.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is trying to hold Mr Trump accountable for mastering the “art of theft”. The lawsuit seeks to recover $250 million and aims to prevent the Trump Organization from ever again doing business in New York, Trump's home state.

Trump — and three of his children — testified in court. While on the stand, Donald Trump Jr. described his father as a “real estate artist.”

If there were a list of Mr. Trump's top 10 most mentioned people and phrases in 2023, some of the key players in that case would likely have made the cut. The former president has repeatedly criticized both Judge Arthur Engoron and Ms. James on the Truth Social.

Just this week, he described the judge as a “corrupt and radical Judge Engoron” who is a “political hack”. In the same post, he accused Ms James of being a “Racist Attorney General”, although he often calls her a “Peekaboo”.

Final discussions are due to start on 11 January 2024.

Federal classified documents case

Details: 40 felony charges, 100 classified documents, two landmark federal charges.

Mr Trump is undoubtedly marching to the beat of his own drum. In 2021 he became the first president to be impeached twice. This year, as if one step beyond Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton and their single impeachments, Trump also became the first sitting or former president to be federally indicted.

Special counsel Jack Smith issued an indictment in June, revealing how Trump showed highly classified information to unauthorized people on more than one occasion. The indictment came just less than a year after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago and found more than 100 classified documents in Trump's possession – after he left office.

He was originally charged with 37 felony counts, including knowingly withholding national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and concealing a document or record.

Unfortunately, not to the tune of a Billy Joel song, Trump said, “I'm an innocent man,” after the initial indictment.

A month later, Mr. Smith unveiled a superseding indictment, adding three more criminal charges against the former president, bringing the total to 40. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Testing of classified documents is scheduled to begin on May 20, 2024.

Federal interference in the 2020 election

Details: Four felony counts, the third historic federal indictment and a question of presidential immunity.

Like a song he couldn't stop listening to, Trump was federally indicted for a third time in August when Smith unsealed an indictment related to the former president's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the January 6 Uprising.

Trump faces four federal charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

The former president sang a familiar tune, calling the charges “yet another bogus indictment.”

Now, Mr. Trump is asserting “presidential immunity” as a defense to those charges.

Prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to expedite consideration of the “immunity” request, but Trump's team on Wednesday asked the court to reject their request, citing “no compelling reason for the extraordinary haste it suggests.”

The trial is set to begin on March 4, 2024.

Georgia criminal case

Details: 13 felonies, 19 co-defendants, one robbery for money.

In August, a Georgia grand jury initially indicted Trump and 18 others, including Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani, in August for their alleged efforts to sway the outcome of Georgia's 2020 presidential election.

However, since then, four defendants – including Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebrough and Sidney Powell – have pleaded guilty under plea deals.

Trump faces 13 criminal charges, including charges of violating the RICO Act, conspiracy to impersonate a public official, filing false documents and making false statements.

Prosecutors had argued for a trial start date of August 2024. But Mr. Trump's lawyers called that motion “election interference” as he seeks to return to the White House in 2024.

On August 25, the former president was booked into the Fulton County Jail and a bullet was drawn from him. Since then, his campaign has made millions by slapping the mug on mugs, T-shirts, Christmas stockings and other merchandise.

Case of silence about New York

Details: 34 felony counts of falsifying professional records, one porn star, one not guilty plea.

In what is absolutely, absolutely, completely unprecedented in US history, a former president has been accused of giving hush money to a porn star.

Porn star Stormy Daniels claimed she and Mr Trump had an affair, after which he allegedly paid her — through his former director Michael Cohen — to keep it quiet as the 2016 election approached.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed the 34-count indictment against Trump. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial is scheduled to begin in March 2024.

E Jean Carroll cases

Wrapped up: Two lawsuits, $5 million in damages, plus more pending moolah.

These cases are part of an entirely different type of lawsuit.

In May, E Jean Carroll filed a civil suit against Mr. Trump under the Adult Survivors Act. The previous Ella The columnist accused Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.

Ms. Carroll testified that after the couple entered the dressing room, Trump “closed the door and pushed me against the wall.” She described how the alleged rape left her “unable to lead a romantic life again”. The court found Mr. Trump liable for sexual assault and defamation and awarded her $5 million in damages.

Four months after the May verdict, a judge found Mr Trump liable for defamation of the author again for comments he made in 2019 about the incident.

A civil trial to determine monetary damages is scheduled for January 15, 2024.

Michael Cohen case

Wrapped up: $500 million lawsuit, deposition avoidance, dropped uniform.

Trump sued Cohen in April in Florida for allegedly breaching his contract, citing “multiple breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, conversion and breaches of contract.”

The former president claimed that Cohen was spreading lies about him “with malicious intent and for completely self-serving purposes.” He asked his former lawyer for $500.

Days before Mr. Trump was due to sit down for a deposition in early October, he decided to drop the suit altogether.

a Trump spokesman said The guardian: “Given that President Trump is scheduled to testify in a civil case on Columbus Day, when he is scheduled to be in the Great State of New Hampshire … President Trump has decided to temporarily put his meritorious claims against Michael Cohen on hold.”