NY grand jury investigating Trump to pause work, reports say

The Manhattan grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump will begin a two-week break early next month, according to multiple reports.

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It was not immediately clear whether the panel would hear more evidence in the case — which is focused on business-related matters, including the hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election — before its break. The grand jury will pause work after April 5 and resume later in the month, CNN reported, citing an unidentified court administrator.

The break was previously scheduled when the grand jury convened in January, according to Politico. Citing a person familiar with the proceedings, the news site reported that the grand jury will review another case next week before beginning its two-week hiatus. Earlier, The Associated Press reported that the grand jury would not hear evidence in the case until next week.

An unidentified source emphasized to The Hill that the grand jury’s schedule could still be changed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. If it is not, the break would push a potential indictment of Trump to late April, at the earliest.

Earlier this month, Trump urged his supporters to protest following reports that an indictment might be imminent. In a social media post Wednesday, the former president urged authorities to “DROP THIS SICK WITCH HUNT, NOW!”

Grand jury proceedings are secret, though The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that the grand jury has been focused on a $130,000 payment made to Daniels before the 2016 election that was aimed at keeping her from talking about an affair she alleged she had with Trump years earlier, which the former president has denied. In 2018, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to charges connected with the payment, which he said was aimed at influencing the presidential election.