The Manhattan grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s alleged hush money case with Stormy Daniels is not expected to receive any evidence for the next month. The jury is also expected to take a scheduled break in the coming weeks. As a result, a potential indictment will not happen until late April, at the earliest.
There is a chance that the grand jury’s schedule may be subject to change. Lately, there have been days when the Manhattan district attorney’s office has not called the panel to meet. Nonetheless, it is at the discretion of District Attorney Alvin Bragg to request the grand jury’s reconvening if prosecutors deem it necessary during the planned breaks.
The grand jury, which typically meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, is scheduled to consider another case next week on Monday and Wednesday, the person said, and isn’t expected to meet Thursday due to the Passover holiday.
The following two weeks are set to be a hiatus that was scheduled when the grand jury was first convened in January, the person said. A spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment.
There is no official deadline for bringing an indictment against Trump, although there were indications in recent weeks that the grand jury’s activity was nearing a vote, particularly when prosecutors offered Trump the chance to testify before the panel. That is typically one of the final steps of a criminal investigation. Trump declined the invitation.
Grand juries, like this one often operate on a part-time basis with scheduled breaks. These breaks can be used to accommodate juror schedules, holidays, or other logistical considerations. The jury process is typically a lengthy one, and there is no set timeline for when an indictment must be handed down.
Prosecutors will often take their time to ensure that they have a strong case, and will present evidence and testimony to the grand jury in a methodical and deliberate manner. This can often result in delays and breaks in the grand jury proceedings, as prosecutors work to build a solid case before presenting it to the panel.
BREAKING: Trump Grand Jury in Manhattan to break for an entire month due to a "previously scheduled hiatus."
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) March 29, 2023