Former President Trump’s legal woes have Senate Republicans wondering what effect this has on his grip on the GOP and what it means for his chances of mounting a reelection bid in 2024.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s allies are beginning to wonder if the former President’s influence will wane irrespective of what happens in this year’s midterm elections. This belief centers on his many legal battles, which include investigations by Fulton County, Ga District Attorney Fani Williams, and the investigation led by New York Attorney General Letitia James into Trump’s business dealings.
These developments follow longtime accounting firm Mazars USA severing ties with the former President and his business empire, saying that they could no longer vouch for the decade’s worth of financial statements it prepared for Trump’s businesses.
The firm severed ties shortly after the investigation led by New York Attorney General Leticia James discovered evidence that Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” property valuations to secure loans and tax deductions.
These allegations could help McConnell’s efforts behind the scenes to counter Trump and his influence in the Party but would be damaging for the GOP.
The allegations have also been commented on by a slew of Republican politicians who have been working to break Trump’s hold on the GOP, most notably Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who stated that the announcement by Trump’s accounting firm was “highly unusual.”
Romney also said that while he hadn’t seen such a statement released about an “ongoing entity,” he could only assume Mazars made the statement to avoid “some liability of their own for reports they put out that they may feel were inaccurate.”
While other Senators have not addressed the Trump legal woes publicly, there are murmurs that these latest allegations and the fallout from them could significantly impact the viability of Trump being able to run in 2024.