A grand jury in the hush-money case against former President Donald Trump is expected to reconvene Monday following a prediction by Mr. Trump that the case would be dismissed.
Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the probe into President Trump’s finances is still very much ongoing and that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg continues to weigh if and how to bring the first criminal charge against a former president in the nation’s history.
Despite President Trump last week claimed that an indictment would soon be coming, none ever materialized, leaving court watchers to wonder whether DA Bragg still believed in the strength of his case. A docket for the grand jury’s latest meeting was not available, however prosecutors could call additional witnesses or present formal charges, the final step before a jury would vote to indict.
Over the weekend, President Trump spoke at a rally in Waco, Texas about his perceived “corruption” in the justice system.
“The Biden regime’s weaponization of law enforcement against their political opponent is something out of the Stalinist, Russia horror show… The weaponization of our justice system, a banana republic. That’s what we have become… You will be vindicated and proud, and the thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system will be defeated, discredited, and totally disgraced. That’s what’s happening. From the beginning it’s been one witch hunt and phony investigation after another,” said Trump.
Moments ago at the Trump Rally in Waco Texas… I wonder if Trump is talking about himself when he says this:
“You will be vindicated and proud the thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system will be defeated, discredited pic.twitter.com/n9DA6KNfsI…
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 26, 2023
The Manhattan case against President Trump rests on a novel legal argument that seeks to show he obfuscated business records to hide a political campaign contribution. The payment, made by his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, involved adult film star Stormy Daniels and was made days before the 2016 presidential election. For DA Bragg to be successful, he will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Trump made the contribution to limit damage to his political campaign and did not properly report it.