What the Grand Jury’s Decision on Donald Trump’s Criminal Investigation Means for the Former President
A grand jury has been convened by Manhattan’s district attorney to hear evidence in a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business dealings. The panel will likely decide whether to indict the former Republican president, other Trump Company executives, or his company, the Trump Organization.
The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., is investigating a wide range of issues, including hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf and whether the Trump Organization knowingly misrepresented the value of its New York properties for financial gain. The company may have also illegally compensated employees in order to avoid paying taxes.
Trump’s attempt to prevent Vance from seeing eight years of his tax returns was rejected by the Supreme Court in February. The former president has previously attempted to conceal his tax history through legal means.
Vance’s grand jury has been issuing subpoenas and obtaining documents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury is looking into Trump’s dealings with his lenders, as well as a land donation he made to qualify for a tax break and tax write-offs his company claimed on millions of dollars in consulting fees it paid.
The grand jury’s appointment, Trump said in a statement on Tuesday, is “a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”
“This is purely political, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors, and it’s an affront to the nearly 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election,” Trump said. “Our country is shattered, our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and all I can do now is keep fighting like I have for the past five years!”
The Implications of the Grand Jury for Trump
The decision to call a grand jury indicates that New York prosecutors are preparing to file criminal charges against Trump as a result of their two-year investigation. Although Vance believes there is enough evidence of a crime, it is unclear whether Trump, his business, or his associates are involved. Or all of them.
Trump has never been criminally charged, and no former U.S. head of state has been either.
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Vance’s panel was convened “recently” and will sit three days a week for. This is a brief summary.