Trump’s grand jury won’t weigh case of silence on Thursday
The Manhattan grand jury tasked with determining whether or not to indict former President Donald Trump will again not hear evidence, deliberate or vote on Thursday in Stormy’s ‘hush money’ case. Daniels, court officials told The Post.
The panel – which met on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – will meet, but to hear evidence in an unrelated case, the sources said.
Jurors did not meet on Wednesday — as they were supposed to — after Trump’s rebuttal witness, attorney Robert Costello, testified for several hours on Monday. The afternoon session was unexpectedly canceled by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, sources told the Post.
The grand jury is expected to reconvene to weigh the Trump case on Monday, according to Insider and ABC News.
The panel heard testimony and assessed other evidence related to a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reportedly presented a case that Trump falsified business records by reimbursing his former fixer, disbarred attorney Michael Cohen, for the six-figure payment and then waiving it as legal fees .
The case could rise to the level of a felony if the prosecutor’s office shows that Trump falsified business records during the commission of a separate crime – a campaign finance violation.
Sources told the Post on Wednesday that Bragg may have concerns about the strength of the case after Costello’s testimony earlier this week — although a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office denied that was the case.
“The last thing he wants is for the grand jury to vote against him,” a source with the office said. “He wants a case no doubt about it. He’s pressuring the “Trump obsessives” to step in and prove the case.
New York Post