How Donald Trump got caught in a legal vice

As President Donald Trump and his lawyers turn towards the new year, they'll have to contend with a legal narrative that's taken fuller shape through a flurry of court filings and news reports that began landing about three weeks ago: Members of Mr Trump's presidential campaign - and possibly "Individual 1" himself - may have orchestrated a number of criminal conspiracies that took root before and during the 2016 presidential campaign, continued after Mr Trump won the election, and have tainted the White House's policies and torn at its operations ever since.

The breadth of investigations is so sweeping - as many on social media and reporters with The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News have already noted - that few of the worlds Mr Trump inhabits have escaped prosecutors' attention.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2018, with the headline 'How Donald Trump got caught in a legal vice'. Print Edition | Subscribe