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Trump's actions in last days as President increase his legal jeopardy

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Donald Trump arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington. The President was returning from Texas. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

President Donald Trump's actions during his final days in office have significantly increased his exposure to potential criminal prosecution, lawyers say, complicating his life after the White House.

Over five days last week -- beginning with a phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State directing him to "find" votes to overturn the election to encouraging the pro-Trump crowd to "show strength" in their march to the Capitol -- lawyers say the President has put himself under the microscope of state and federal prosecutors.

The new possible criminal exposure comes on top of ongoing New York state investigations into the President's finances and multiple defamation lawsuits related to Trump denying sexual assault accusations by women.

Sandick and other lawyers, however, say that as alarming as Trump's recent statements have been, there are multiple hurdles for prosecutors to prove that the President violated election laws or those relating to incitement or sedition.

The new exposure Trump faces as he leaves office comes as the President is already part of a wide-ranging criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorneys' office, which is looking into a range of potential state crimes.

Manhattan prosecutors have been interviewing individuals and examining evidence, but their investigation has been slowed as they wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a subpoena issued 16 months ago to Trump's accountant for the President's personal and business tax records.

Prosecutors have also not been in contact with Rosemary Vrablic, Trump's private banker at Deutsche Bank, which has loaned the President more than $300 million dollars, people familiar with the investigation said.

Last month, Vrablic's lawyer said she is "committed to cooperating with authorities if asked. " Investigators also have not sought interviews with any employees of the Trump Organization, the people say.

The President's actions this past week have already cost him financially -- the PGA of America said on Sunday night it would not hold its championship in 2022 at the Trump golf course in New Jersey and Deutsche Bank said it would not do business with him -- and the specter of ongoing criminal investigations may have a longer-term impact on his business prospects.

If Trump escapes his presidency without any criminal charges, lawyers say, his last weeks in office have assured him a place in history.

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