The trials of Donald Trump: What we know

Posted at 3:46 PM, October 5, 2023 and last updated 11:07 AM, February 15, 2024

Former President Donald Trump faces 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.

former President Donald Trump wears a blue suit and tie as he sits in a NY courtroom

Former President Donald Trump, right, sits in the courtroom at New York Supreme Court, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, in New York. Trump is making a rare, voluntary trip to court in New York for the start of a civil trial in a lawsuit that already has resulted in a judge ruling that he committed fraud in his business dealings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

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    • The judge ruled some of Trump’s business licenses be rescinded and said an independent monitor would oversee Trump Organization operations.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 former president was in attendance at the first day of his trial on Oct. 2 in New York City.
    • In an opening statement, attorneys for Letitia James said, “They were lying year after year after year,” of the former president and his company..
    • Defense attorneys argued financial statements were all true, and said, “That is not fraud. That is real estate,” as she accused James of setting a dangerous precedent for business owners in the state.
  • The former president attended the first three days of the trial and spoke to the media outside of the courtroom, where he has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
  • Among those who have testified in the trial are former Trump company comptroller Jeffrey McConney, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
  • On Oct. 20, the judge fined Trump $5,000 for violating a gag order and warned him that if he violates it again he could face further penalties.

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.
  • On Oct. 5, Trump’s attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the former president is immune from prosecution from actions taken in his official role.

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.

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.
  • Following a second trial in 2024 that focused on the comments allegedly made by Donald Trump in 2019, a jury awarded Carroll $18 million in compensation plus an additional $65 million. The jury found that Trump had “maliciously damaged Carroll’s reputation after she went public with her allegations,” reported The AP.