- Trump and his aides are much more concerned about the Georgia election investigation and the Mar-a-Lago affair.
- New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said the Georgia investigation “bothered Trump personally.”
- She added that her aides were privately worried about the Mar-a-Lago case, which is “clearer”.
Former President Donald Trump and his aides are more concerned about the Georgia election investigation and the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case than the charges against him in New York, said New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
“Georgia bothered Trump personally for a while, maybe because there are recordings of him telling officials to find votes,” Haberman told his Times colleague David Leonhardt.
“Some of his aides are very concerned about the Justice Department’s investigation of the documents,” Haberman said.
She added that the Mar-a-Lago case is a “clearer issue” compared to other investigations.
Haberman’s comments were echoed by other Trumpworld observers and commentators.
In March, conservative attorney and expert George Conway told Insider that of the cases Trump is facing, he is most likely to face jail time over the Mar-a-Lago documents case.
“As an obstruction case involving outright deception, this is the simplest case, factually and legally,” Conway told Insider.
Trump is currently facing a sprawling list of court cases and criminal investigations. He was charged with 34 low-level counts of falsifying business records Thursday in New York.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were voted by a grand jury following an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, in connection with a silent $130,000 payment made the day before the election to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Trump became the first ex-president to be charged with a crime after Thursday’s arrest and arraignment hearing. However, the chances of him being imprisoned on 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 launched his investigation after Trump’s infamous appeal to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that call, Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” votes for him 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 Aug. 8, 2022, and found sets of classified records — including those marked top secret — at the Florida residence. In November, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Prosecutor Jack Smith to oversee the investigation.
Trump slammed both investigations in a defiant campaign-style speech to his loyal supporters just hours after his arrest on Thursday. Trump bizarrely called Willis – a black woman – a racist for investigating him. He also once again repeated an unsubstantiated claim that he had a “perfect phone call” with Raffensperger.
During the speech, Trump also claimed that the DOJ’s search for Mar-a-Lago was “unconstitutional” and an example of the FBI and Justice Department “relentlessly pursuing Republicans.”
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.