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Grand Jury Reportedly Convened to Hear Evidence in Trump Criminal Probe

Donald Trump is seen speaking at the CPAC conference in February 2021 Grand jury starts investigating Donald Trump`s tax evasions, hush money
Sandy Nunez | 26 May, 2021, 12:26

According to reports, a grand jury convened to hear evidence in a tax evasion probe that could see former president Donald Trump indicted on criminal charges.

The Washington Post said the move, also reported by ABC, suggests that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance may have found evidence of a crime, if not by Trump then somebody close to him.

Manhattan's DACy Vance has begun investigating Trump's business practices based on the testimony of former President Michael Cohen's parliamentary lawyer and fixer.

Melber said Trump may not be gearing up for a time "where his business, if not himself, is in the eyes of a grand jury and Bill Barr's not here to help".

Vance has used an investigative grand jury during the investigation process to issue subpoenas and obtain documents.

In February, Trump said the probing by James and Vance Jr. was a witch hunt and denied any wrongdoing, calling the investigation a "new phenomenon of "headhunting" prosecutors and AGs".

It is not yet clear when, or even if, the grand jury will be asked to consider returning any indictments. The Post reported that the grand jury will meet three days a week for six months.

The former president ran the real estate company before he assumed the presidency.

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The Post reports the Manhattan DA is scrutinising whether the value of Trump Organisation properties were manipulated to defraud banks, insurance companies or tax authorities.

After subpoenaing records from Trump's accounting firm Mazars in August 2019, Vance wrangled with Trump's lawyers for their client's financial records up to the Supreme Court of the United States, twice.

Mr Vance or the district attorney's office have not spoken about the grand jury proceedings, which are kept secret.

The grand jury will be looking into the matters where Trump has been accused of paying hush women to tackle his hidden sexual relationships with women also his improper relations with lenders.

The inquiry had fought to get hold of Mr Trump's tax records and more recently has appeared to focus on the Trump Organization's long-time finance chief, Allen Weisselberg.

"No other President in history has had to put up with what I have had to", raged Trump, who described the investigations as "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".

This is a developing story.