Prosecutors Seat Special Grand Jury for Trump Investigation

Prosecutors Seat Special Grand Jury for Trump Investigation

Prosecutors Seat Special Grand Jury for Trump Investigation

"Who by, we don't know yet", he added.

Those familiar with this issue were not allowed to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. Tuesday's development marks an aggressive new phase in Vance's years-long investigation, which legal experts suspect is nearing its end stages.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office has been investigating a variety of allegations of financial improprieties against Trump's company for about two years. These investigations take a lot of time, and it's going to take a while for the grand jury to digest all of the material. That panel kept working while other grand juries and court activities were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has reacted sharply to the investigation.

Mr Trump lashed out against the grand jury proceedings. The new grand jury is expected to review evidence for three days a week for the next six months.

In the United States, prosecutors typically refer important cases to grand juries made up of citizens who examine the prosecution's case in secret. The select group will meet and hear evidence, and decide whether a criminal trial is warranted.

Vence's office declined to comment.

The Trump Organization did not respond to an AFP request for comment on Tuesday. The attorney general's office deposed the former president's son Eric Trump last October, and though the grilling was confidential, James is known to be looking into the books of the Trump Organization's Seven Springs estate in Westchester (which Eric Trump has described as "our compound").

Vance and NY state Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, are investigating Trump's business dealings - prompting the Republican to claim he is being persecuted. The civil case is also still ongoing. She doesn't say why her office expanded the investigation into criminal investigations.

As the former president plans to re-run for White House in 2024 elections, he has accused the opposition party of carrying out this "witch hunt" to slimmer down his chances of winning the next election and misleading his supporters. Next month's election is nearly certain to decide who it will be. Last week, he released a 909-word statement skewering Vance and the state's attorney general, Tish James, and accusing them of political persecution.

"This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history", he wrote on his blog.

Vance fought twice to the US Supreme Court to access eight years' worth of Trump's personal and business tax returns. By doing so, he supported Vance's investigation.

His former daughter-in-law, Jen Weisselberg, has given investigators reams of documents as they look into how some Trump employees were compensated with apartments or school tuition.

Allen Weisserberg was summoned in a James civil investigation and witnessed twice previous year.

Sources have contacted potential witnesses in recent weeks on ABC News about appearing before a special grand jury.

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