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NEW YORK — Former president Donald Trump has been invited by the Manhattan district attorney to appear next week before a grand jury investigating his business affairs, an offer that may mark a significant development years after the start of the probe, three people with knowledge of the proceedings said Thursday.
They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
The grand jury notification — alerting Trump of his opportunity to appear before the secret panel — could signify that the state prosecutor’s investigation is winding down. It remains unclear whether Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will seek an indictment at the end of the process.
In New York state, the target of a criminal investigation that has not yet resulted in an arrest can request this type of notification when a case against them is being heard by a grand jury — if they know independently that proceedings are underway. The requirement is designed to give the target a chance to be heard by the panel in his own defense. Defense attorneys generally consider it risky for a client to testify in that scenario.
“Everyone will advise him not to go in,” said a Trump adviser who is one of the three people with knowledge of the situation that confirmed the notification. “We’ll see what he does.” The notification was first reported by the New York Times.
Bragg’s office convened the grand jury to evaluate business-related matters including Trump’s role in hush money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign that were classified as a legal expense, people with knowledge of the investigation have said. The long-running probe appeared to gain traction in recent months after seeming dormant for much of last year.
If charges are brought in connection to payoffs, they would likely focus on the alleged creation of false records to conceal the nature of the funds paid to Daniels. Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer, has said he fronted the money involved in the transactions and was reimbursed by his then-boss. Falsifying business records is generally a misdemeanor in New York, but prosecutors can bring a felony charge if the fabrication was done to conceal or advance another crime.
In recent weeks, a flurry of witnesses have met with prosecutors, according to news reports. Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges related to the Daniels payments and was sentenced to three years in prison for those and other crimes, said Thursday that he has not yet appeared in front of the grand jury but is scheduled to meet with investigators from the district attorney’s office on Friday, for the 20th time.
DOJ team: a seed or a bye?
looks like the games are about to begin. major networks this summer will likely dump the usual reruns and air concurrent court coverage.
so little time (before election blackouts) so much to watch
in other news
President Biden’s budget was deemed dead on arrival because the GOP wants deep cuts to assistance for poor Americans. Elsewhere, Fox News staffers call the environment their “soul crushing,” and Republicans are loosening restrictions on child labor nationwide.
Let indictment season begin. Let the juries decide.
Our courts and judicial system have not been kind to Pumpkin Head.
60+ losses in rulings against his election denying. Search warrants granted. Every jury given a J6 rioter case has unanimously convicted. Many defendants claim he is responsible for provoking their violence. His company convicted and fined for tax fraud. His chief financial officer now sits in jail.
Prosecutors have easily pierced his numerous claims of executive and attorney-client privilege. His lawyers disbarred and sanctioned for abusing the courts. One judge fined him $1 million for a frivolous lawsuit.
What am I forgetting? I’d say his bad luck with the judicial system is about to ramp up big time.
Craig – i am hoping that a few of the investigations pull in the rich and famous, orange bafoon is just one little pot ole in the road. I still do not find reason to think he is the brains behind anything, but the mouth that swears a lot. Many reports talk about a wife of a justice being deeply involved. Seeing proof of that would be very good. A few years in jail would make life even better.
A Dem pac is runnning this ad in key local markets. Here it is on Erie PA tv:
Since Trump denies having sex with Stormy and she has described his penis in detail prosecutors can ask for a medical examination as happened with Clinton in the Paula Jones case.
He’s in full meltdown
craig, good ad by dems. hope they keep it up because it also helps raise positive feelings about the economy.
as to “detail prosecutors can ask for a medical examination”
kinda funny situation: dick does in dick
stormy’s 1st interview with kimmel on jan 30, 2018
Stormy talks about the press release that just came out saying that the affair with Donald Trump never happened, the aftermath of the Trump sex scandal, whether or not she has a non-disclosure agreement, Trump bringing the three women who accused Bill Clinton of inappropriate sexual behavior to a debate with Hillary, the In Touch article, the size of Trump’s junk, and plays a round of “Never Have I Ever.”
and later on Oct 3, 2018
In Stormy’s first interview for her new book Full Disclosure she talks about meeting Donald Trump in Lake Tahoe, the details of the night they spent together in his hotel room, demonstrates how she spanked him with a magazine, witnessing a phone call he had with Hillary Clinton, reveals what she found in his bathroom, why she prayed for death during sex with him, and picks which mushroom resembles Trump’s penis the most from a line-up Jimmy provided for her.
If he’s melting, he must be a witch.
“The Fed wants to limit wage growth. That’s particularly bad for women”
Wages are NOT the problem. The problem is corporate greed. Price freezes should’ve been put in place long ago. Companies are blaming increased prices on increased wages, but that is a lie. They are using it as cover for price gouging.
Full Meltdown……. but is he drooling?
This whole thing with Fox and Dominion… and now the impending (hopefully) indictment of SFB… is making watching politics fun again!
Jackie Gleason and Bob Hope, in 1975, obviously threatening the very fabric of civilization…
renee, good one.
marlette’s cartoon yesterday was along those same lines
and to prove how dangerous to the country drag queens can be, remember this one?
In 2000, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani revived his smash role as a woman by appearing in drag for his rebuttal to the Inner Circle Show. This time, his sidekick in the skit was Donald Trump, playing a very forward suitor.
Hopefully it will be a decent mugshot.
“Live and Let Live”.
The motto of LIBERLAND, Interesting piece of real estate of the Week.
Last year we had around 30 inches of rain this year we are nearing 70 inches. In the storm last night for us it kinda pooped out. Today is sunny. And a lot warmer. Although I live in a rural area – we are not in a flood situation nor endanger of landslides. The biggest problem is loss of electricity but we have generators for that. In general this year’s wet weather has had more of an impact on Southern Cal.
Because of various and sundry road problems –although we are fine at home–we can’t get out.
We are getting two rain free days until the next storm
thanks for checking in… we were worried about you.
Hope you have lots of wine in stock…
So glad to hear from you, Ms. Cracker, that you’re safe and well!
Thank you for reminding me.
Weather wise this has been a wild winter.
Friday notes: Nothing about the Senate minority leader. Hmm. Rather strange there was no update on a very powerful (formerly) Senator. Nothing going on this weekend that needs him. Still you would expect someone in the media to ask about his condition. Change that to, not report about his condition. I am waiting for the magical news dump time just in case there is something.
How far will greedy old perverts go to destroy America, we are watching. Child labor is the new answer to not being a nation of immigrants anymore. Credit, not for you America. Are you not a white male (professing) to be “straight”? You do not belong. Go away or be killed. Yes, that is the statements from legislators, lynching Black folk is good policy, exterminate Trans people, and generally hundreds of bills in state houses. And there is that low level idiot running around yelling for states to “divorce”. What a fool.
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be the urologist digging for that mushroom.
KGC, Good to see you. Glad all is well.
BB, I just checked on McConnell because it seemed a long stretch without a health update. There should certainly be an update during the weekend.
Jamie – you hit the exact string about the Senate minority leader I did. It did not twang. Unless something comes up soon, I am holding to the issue is that he is not making a lot of decisions anymore. The gqp needs to produce something proving he is cognizant of 2023.
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