Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury

Elias Hubbard
May 26, 2021

The Manhattan district attorney convened the grand jury on Monday to listen to the evidence and begin the process of determining whether criminal charges against Trump are warranted.

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted reports that a special grand jury had been convened to hear evidence against the Trump Organization, calling it "a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history".

Wrapping up his 12-year tenure then, Vance confirmed earlier this year that he will not seek reelection, and the grand jury's charging decision could be the last major development of his more than decade-long post.

The panel is also hearing several matters unrelated to Trump's case, the paper added.

A spokesman for Vance refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

Trump called it "a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history" and said, "They wasted two years and $48 million in taxpayer dollars on Mueller and Russia Russia Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and it continues to this day, with illegally leaked confidential information".

Mr Trump lashed out against the grand jury proceedings.

"This is purely political, and an affront to the nearly 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it's being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors". Court documents show that Vance is probing "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization", which could include falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office has been investigating a variety of allegations of financial improprieties against Trump's company for about two years.

Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.

Mr Trump has not been criminally charged.

The Trump Organization did not respond to an AFP request for comment on Tuesday.

Trump's ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen - jailed for tax evasion and violating campaign finance laws - was one of his closest henchmen before turning against his former boss and deciding to cooperate with prosecutors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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