- Trump and his aides are far more concerned about the Georgia elections probe and the Mar-a-Lago case.
- New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said the Georgia probe “has bothered Trump personally.”
- She added that his aides are privately worried about the Mar-a-Lago case, which is “clearer-cut.”
Former President Donald Trump and his aides are more concerned about the Georgia elections investigation and the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case than the charges he faces in New York, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman says.
“Georgia has bothered Trump personally for a while, possibly because there are tapes of him telling officials to find votes,” Haberman told David Leonhardt, her colleague at the Times.
“Some of his aides are very worried about the documents investigation that the Justice Department has,” Haberman said.
She added that the Mar-a-Lago case is a “clearer-cut issue” in comparison to the other investigations.
Haberman’s comments have been echoed by other observers and Trumpworld commentators.
In March, the conservative lawyer and pundit George Conway told Insider that of the cases Trump faces, he’s most likely to face prison time over the Mar-a-Lago documents case.
“As an obstruction case involving flat-out deceit, it’s the simplest case, factually and legally,” Conway told Insider.
Trump currently faces a sprawling slate of legal cases and criminal investigations. He was charged with 34 low-level felony counts of falsifying business records on Thursday in New York.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were voted on by a grand jury following an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office in connection with a $130,000 election-eve hush-money payment made to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.
Trump became the first ex-president to ever be charged with a crime after the Thursday arrest and arraignment hearing. However, the chances that he will be imprisoned over these charges in New York are slim to none.
Meanwhile, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating whether Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election results in that state. Willis kicked off her investigation after Trump’s infamous call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During this call, Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” him votes to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state.
The Justice Department is also investigating whether Trump mishandled classified documents. The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, and found sets of classified files — including those marked top secret — at the Florida residence. In November, US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special prosecutor Jack Smith to oversee the investigation.
Trump hit out at both investigations in a defiant, campaign-style speech to his staunch supporters just hours after he was arrested on Thursday. Trump bizarrely called Willis — a Black woman — racist for investigating him. He also once again trotted out an unsubstantiated claim that he had a “perfect phone call” with Raffensperger.
During the speech, Trump also claimed that the DOJ’s search of Mar-a-Lago was “unconstitutional” and an example of the FBI and Justice Department “relentlessly pursuing Republicans.”
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside regular business hours.