Trump is apparently not going to appeal the 11th Circuit Decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is somewhat surprising given that his M.O. is to keep appealing and delaying everything no matter how many times he gets kicked in the teeth.
Former President Donald Trump does not plan to appeal to the Supreme Court a lower court order that put an end to the special master review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
The DOJ has also asked a District Court judge in DC to hold Trump in contempt for not producing documents in connection with a grand jury investigation
>>>The development comes after Trump’s legal team said it conducted searches at four locations just before Thanksgiving, finding two documents with classified markings at a storage facility in Florida. The Trump team turned over those two documents to the FBI and announced to a federal judge in Washington, DC, that they believed Trump was now in compliance with a 6-month-old subpoena.
But the Justice Department disagreed. And in an escalation last week, department prosecutors told DC District Chief Judge Beryl Howell, who oversees federal grand jury proceedings there, that the searches weren’t satisfactory. The contempt proceedings before Howell are under seal. . . . A hearing is set for Friday, when Howell will consider whether to hold Trump and his post-presidency office in contempt of court.<<<
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena issued this summer ordering the former president to turn over records marked classified, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
As of right now this is just a request by the DOJ, of course. There's no way to know for sure exactly what is going on given that the contempt proceedings are under seal.
For those keeping track at home, there are actually at least two separate grand jury investigations in DC right now, one for January 6 and the other for the Mar-a-Lago stuff, and a third grand jury in Georgia.
The Georgia case is potentially significant because a future U.S. president could not pardon Trump for a conviction for violation of state laws in Georgia. Trump will be well and truly F'd if he's convicted in Georgia.
I doubt that much will come of the investigation (NY state law) associated with the expired grand jury criminal investigation of Trump In Manhattan:
>>>The grand jury’s expiration
at the end of the month does not preclude prosecutors from impaneling another jury, but the developments underscore the reduced possibility that Mr. Trump will face charges under Mr. Bragg, who along with several other prosecutors had concerns about proving the case. Some people close to the inquiry believe that it will not result in an indictment of the former president unless a witness cooperates unexpectedly — a long shot in an investigation that has been running for more than three years.<<<
The Manhattan district attorney is continuing to investigate Donald J. Trump, but knowledgeable people say charges are unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future, if ever.
Having said that, the NY investigation is still ongoing, so it's possible something may eventually come of it:
>>>The Manhattan district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, is hiring a former senior Justice Department official with a history of taking on Donald J. Trump and his family business as the office seeks to ramp up its investigation into the former president. . . .
The hire marks the latest turn in a long-running investigation that has proceeded in fits and starts in recent years. When Mr. Bragg took office in January, his predecessor, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., had directed prosecutors to begin presenting evidence about Mr. Trump’s inflation of his assets to a grand jury.
But Mr. Bragg grew concerned about the strength of the case
. In February, when he told the two senior prosecutors leading the investigation, Mark F. Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, that he was not prepared to authorize charges, they resigned
, clouding the future of the inquiry.<<<
The official, Matthew Colangelo, also worked on the New York attorney general’s investigation of the former president.
The NY investigation is reportedly looking at the hush money payments to keep Stormy Daniels quiet during the 2016 election. It seems like everyone who gets involved with Stormy Daniels eventually goes down in flames:
>>>Trump foe Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing millions from clients . . .
Avenatti first came to widespread public attention in 2018, during Trump’s presidency, while representing Daniels in connection with her having been paid $130,000 in hush money by Trump’s personal lawyer before the 2016 election in exchange for keeping quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had.<<<
Michael Avenatti earned fame for being a major antagonist of then-President Donald Trump. At one time he even considered a White House candidacy himself.