New York – New York prosecutors have convened a special investigative jury to consider evidence in a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
That development indicates that the Manhattan district attorney’s office was moving toward the possibility of filing charges as a result of its two-year investigation, which included a lengthy legal battle to obtain Trump’s tax records.
The person familiar with the matter was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. The news was first reported by The Washington Post.RELATED
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. conducts a very extensive investigation covering various topics, such as bribes paid to women on behalf of Trump, property appraisals and employee compensation.
Vance, a Democrat, has been using a grand jury throughout this investigation to issue subpoenas and obtain documents. That panel continued to work while other investigative juries and court activities closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The investigation includes analysis of Trump’s relationship with his lenders; a donation of land you made to qualify for an income tax deduction; and tax deductions your company reported over millions of dollars in consulting fees you paid.
The new investigative jury could eventually be asked to consider taking indictments. While you work on that case, you will also attend to other matters. The Washington Post reported that the investigative jury would meet three days a week for six months.
Vance’s office declined to comment. A message was sent seeking comment to Trump’s attorney.