The trials of Donald Trump: What we know

Posted at 9:33 AM, September 27, 2023


Former President Donald Trump is facing criminal trials in four states at both the federal and state levels, creating a court schedule that will have him traveling up and down the East Coast for at least the next year.

Donald Trump sits in NY courtroom

Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his legal team in a Manhattan court, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. Trump is appearing in court on charges related to falsifying business records in a hush money investigation, the first president ever to be charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

United States v. Donald J. Trump (District of Columbia)

  • Indicted Aug. 8, 2023
  • Charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights.
  • Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C.
  • On Aug. 28, 2023, Judge Tanya Chutkan set the trial date for March 4, 2024.

United States v. Donald J. Trump (Southern District of Florida)

  • Indicted June 8, 2023
  • Charges of willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, scheme to conceal, false statements and representations and concealing a document in a federal investigation.
  • Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on June 13 in Miami.
  • Judge Aileen Cannon set a trial date for May 20, 2024.

New York v. Donald Trump

  • Indicted Mar. 30, 2023.
  • Charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, relating to money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels through Trump’s attorney at the time, Michael Cohen.
  • Pleaded not guilty on April 4, 2023.
  • Trial is scheduled for March 25, 2024.

New York v. Donald Trump (Civil case)

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit in New York state court in Sept. 2022, alleging that Donald Trump and his eldest children, along with two company executives, alleging that the former president falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars, while also playing down assets for tax purposes.
  • A judge ruled on Sept. 26, 2023, that Donald Trump committed fraud for years and was liable in the case.
    • The judge ruled some of Trump’s business licenses be rescinded and said an independent monitor would oversee Trump Organization operations.
  • At the non-jury trial, James is requesting $250 million in penalties. The trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 2.

Georgia v. Donald Trump, et al.

  • Indicted Aug. 14, 2023, with 18 others.
  • Charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and conspiracy for allegedly trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.
  • Donald Trump was arraigned and released on Aug. 25, 2023 at the Fulton County Jail.
  • Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested a trial start date of Oct. 23, which Trump’s team has opposed.
  • Pleaded not guilty on August 31, 2023, and waived his appearance at his arraignment.
  • On Sept. 14, Judge Scott McAfee split the trial of two defendants in the case, Sidney Powell and Keneth Chesebro, who had requested a speedy trial. That means Trump’s trial will not begin in October.

Carroll v. Trump (New York)

  • In 2019, Trump allegedly made remarks about columnist E. Jean Carroll, after she publicly claimed that the former president attacked her in a dressing room in the 1990s, which he has denied.
  • A first trial, held in the spring of 2023, concerned Carroll’s sexual assault allegations and whether recent comments by Donald Trump were defamatory. In May, the jury awarded Carroll $5 million, finding she was sexually abused but rejecting her claim that she was raped.
  • A second trial will focus on the comments allegedly made by Donald Trump in 2019.