the Manhattan grand jury Its proceeding Monday afternoon concluded without a vote in former President Trump’s case, two sources told Fox News.
A secret grand jury reconvened Monday in New York City after twice last week nullifying its proceedings related to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into Trump.
Two sources told Fox News Monday afternoon that the grand jury heard one of the witnesses, David Baker. Baker, who previously testified before a grand jury as part of this case, served as president of the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc.
Bragg was investigating the payment of $130,000 in hush money that Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford. This payment was made in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Cohen said Trump directed the payments. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 through his private company and later reimbursed Trump’s company, which recorded the payments as “legal expenses”.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the payments made to Daniels, repeatedly saying the payments were “not a campaign violation” but “a simple private transaction”.
The Trump Organization “collected” Cohen’s compensation for Daniels’ payments “for tax purposes,” according to federal prosecutors who filed 2018 criminal charges against Cohen over the payments.
Federal prosecutors at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York chose not to charge Trump in connection with the Daniels payment in 2019, even as Cohen implicated him as part of a plea deal. The Federal Election Commission has also dumped its investigation into the matter in 2021.
The grand jury is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, but it is unclear if they will meet on the Trump investigation.
Over the weekend, Trump indicated that the case against him had already been dropped.
“I think they really dropped the case,” Trump told reporters on his plane after appearing at his first 2024 campaign rally in Waco, Texas.
“It’s a rigged case,” he said. “Some fake cases, they have none at all.”
When asked for comment on Trump’s claim that the case was dropped, Trump campaign spokesperson Stephen Cheung told Fox News Digital: “This was dropped because everyone knows this was a partisan witch hunt by a left-wing radical DA who He sought to weaponize the AKP’s political justice system to influence the elections.”
Meanwhile, Bragg lashed out at House Republicans who invited him to testify on Capitol Hill about the investigation.
“We evaluate cases in our jurisdiction based on facts, law, and evidence,” the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement. “It is not appropriate for Congress to interfere with pending domestic investigations.”
The office told Fox News Digital that Bragg is sticking to his earlier pledge to publicly announce the conclusion of the investigation, “whether we continue our work without charges being filed, or we proceed with an indictment.”
When Bragg takes over as Attorney General in January 2022, he Stop pursuing accusations against Trump and halted the investigation “indefinitely,” according to a senior prosecutor who resigned from the office in protest.
Prosecutors Mark Pomerantz and Carrie Dunn, who had been leading the investigation under former DA Cyrus Vance, resigned after Bragg began to raise doubts about pursuing a case against Trump.
The Manhattan administration’s investigation into Trump was launched in 2019 by then-Attorney General Cyrus Vance. The investigation focused on possible bank, insurance and tax fraud. The case initially involved financial transactions of Trump’s Manhattan properties, including his flagship Fifth Avenue building, Trump Tower, and the valuation of his 213-acre estate, Seven Springs in Westchester.
The investigation last year led to tax fraud charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
The grand jury’s deliberations and votes are secret proceedings, and the indictment usually remains sealed until indictment.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.