Grand jury investigating Trump set to expire Friday, sources say

A New York grand jury investigating Donald Trump is set to expire on Friday, people familiar with the investigation told NPR.

Danielle Filson, spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, declined to comment, pointing to Bragg’s statement this month that “there is no magic in the previously reported dates.”

Bragg insisted at the time that a team of investigators from his office were still “going through documents, interviewing witnesses and exploring previously unexplored evidence.”

In November, then-district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. convened a special grand jury to consider evidence of the former president’s potential crimes.

Vance had previously accused the Trump Organization and former CFO Allen Weisselberg of spearheading a 15-year scheme to evade federal, state and local taxes.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty.

By the time Vance resigned in late December, the district attorney’s office appeared to be well on its way to seeking to indict the former president.

“I don’t think we could have pushed any faster,” Vance told NPR at the time.

On January 1, Bragg was sworn in. During the campaign trail, Bragg had said little about how he would approach Trump as district attorney. But he had experience in the field. In 2018, Bragg oversaw the New York Attorney General’s civil lawsuit against the Trump Foundation.

Once Bragg took office as district attorney, grand jury appearances were put on hold. Within two months, the two lead lawyers in the investigation had resigned.

Attorney Mark Pomerantz wrote in his resignation letter that Bragg made the decision not to sue Trump.

“I and others have informed you that we have sufficient evidence to establish Mr. Trump’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and we believe that the prosecution would prevail if charges are brought and the case was tried by an impartial jury,” Pomerantz wrote.

“I believe Donald Trump is guilty of numerous criminal violations of criminal law in connection with the preparation and use of his annual financial disclosure statements,” the prosecutor wrote. “His financial statements were false and he has a long history of fabricating information relating to his personal finances and lying about his assets.”

Bragg insisted the grand jury investigation was still active.

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