TRUMP FACES DARK DAYS, LEGAL SUITS AFTER JANUARY 20
President Donald Trump is leaving the White House but he is not going to fade away quietly, John Whitesides and Steve Holland reported for Reuters.
After failing in his legal efforts to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who on Monday won the state-by-state Electoral College vote that formally determines the US presidency, Trump will re-enter private life on Jan. 20 with an array of opportunities. They include another White House run in 2024 or new pursuits in media. But they are clouded by potential legal jeopardy and business challenges.
Only one thing is certain: Trump’s thirst for the spotlight will ensure he does not follow in the footsteps of past presidents like George W. Bush, who quietly took up painting, or Jimmy Carter and his global activism. Trump’s future, like his presidency, is likely to be loud, brash and brazen.
It will also not be entirely under his control. He faces a range of civil and criminal legal actions related to his family’s businesses and his activities before he took office, which could accelerate once he loses the legal protections granted to the occupant of the Oval Office.
The real estate developer-turned-reality TV star is considering multiple maneuvers to retain the spotlight. Trump, who has refused to concede his election defeat and continues to make baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, has told allies he is considering another White House bid, if ever he escapes conviction for criminal offenses in New York, including at least one case of child abuse, and in other states.