Credit: National Review
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has canceled the grand jury meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday as part of the investigation into former President Donald Trump. This is all amid speculation of a possible indictment for Trump.
The grade jury was slated to meet on Wednesday, and expected to hear from at least one additional witness. However, Bragg’s office canceled the proceedings.
The grand jury was notified on Wednesday morning and was placed “on standby” for Thursday.
“We can’t confirm or comment on Grand Jury matters,” Bragg’s office told Fox News.
Two sources said on Wednesday that the grand hourly was canceled amid “major dissension” within the district attorney’s office. One source claimed the district attorney is having a hard time convincing the grand jury on potential charges due to the “weakness” of the case.
There remains a real chance that Bragg does not end up choosing to indict former President Trump.
Fox News shared:
Bragg, when he took over as district attorney in January 2022, stopped pursuing charges against Trump and suspended the investigation “indefinitely,” according to one of the top prosecutors who resigned from the office in protest.
Prosecutors Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, who had been leading the investigation under former DA Cyrus Vance, submitted their resignations after Bragg began raising doubts about pursuing a case against Trump.
The possible charges stem from the $130,000 hush-money payment that then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Daniels will not be one of the last witnesses that Bragg has planned to call. Her lawyers tell Fox News that Daniels has been asked to speak before the grand jury.
“In our conversations [with Bragg’s office], there’s been no definitive plan to be in New York to testify before the grand jury as it sits,” Clark Brewster said.
What is interesting is that federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York opted out of charging Trump related to the Daniels payment in 2019. The Federal Election Commission also threw out its investigation into the matter in 2021.
Cohen has said that Trump directed the payments. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 through his own company and was later reimbursed by Trump’s company.
Trump has consistently denied wrongdoing with regard to the payments made to Daniels, and has said the payments were “not a campaign violation” but rather a “simple private transaction.”
The Manhattan DA’s investigation into Trump beta back in 2019 by then-District Attorney Cyrus Vance. The investigation was focused on possible bank, insurance, and tax fraud. The case initially involved financial dealings of Trump’s Manhattan properties and the valuation of his 213-acre estate Seven Springs in Westchester.
The investigation last year led to tax fraud charges against the Trump organization and its finance chief, Allen Weisselberg.
Grand jury deliberations and votes are secret and an indictment typically remains under seal until an arraignment.
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