From suave suits to lawsuits. Donald Trump has had a fair few run-ins with the law during his lengthy career, and had been involved in a total of 3,500 legal actions across federal and state courts before he first ran for office in 2016, according to USA Today. The best-known and priciest was the Trump University litigation. He was slapped with a $25 million settlement fee in 2016 to repay students who had paid $35,000 for ‘get rich quick’ classes, which failed to deliver and were described as “fraudulent” by an attorney general.
Having lost the protections afforded by the White House, Trump is set to be stung financially by the current investigations into him and the Trump Organization. Although we don't know the financial details of every lawsuit, the legal fees and potential payouts could cost Trump millions, especially if they last years. The former president has been vocal about his frustration at the cost of legal fees, calling them "such a pain in the a**" according to a Daily Beast source.
The fraud lawsuit filed last September by New York Attorney General Letitia James, for example, claims that by inflating the value of his assets by "billions", Trump unlawfully gained $250 million. The state now wants to win the sum back in court.