Grand jury to consider Donald Trump charges BBC News


NY prosecutors' imminent presentation of evidence against Trump's business, first reported by the Washington Post, citing two people familiar with the development, signals that the criminal investigation into the former president has entered a new phase. It also will hear other matters during that time, according to the Post.

The decision to convene a grand jury appears to indicate that the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance hopes to move towards bringing charges as a result of his two-year investigation.

The district attorney obtained the sought-after files earlier this year, and the office's probe continued to heat up, with the hiring of a forensic accountant and outside counsel with experience prosecuting the mob to help out on the investigation.

A spokesman for Vance refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

But in his blog Tuesday, Trump accused prosecutors of targeting him for the Russian Federation investigation, which has nothing to do with the case in NY.

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"This is purely political, and an affront to the nearly 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it's being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors", the former president said in a statement. 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").

Will Trump lieutenant turn? . Court documents show that Vance is probing "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization", which could include falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.

Vance's probe initially focused on hush payments made to two women who allege they had affairs with Trump - but the investigation has since been expanded.

Her spokesperson said the inquiry into Mr Trump's property company was "no longer purely civil".

Trump's ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen - jailed for tax evasion and violating campaign finance laws - was one of his closest henchmen before turning against his former boss and deciding to cooperate with prosecutors.