Wednesday’s meeting of the grand jury convened as part of the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation of former President Donald Trump has been canceled.
District Attorney Alvin Bragg canceled the session, according to the New York Post, which cited anonymous court officials.
The Post also reported that members of the grand jury were told to be on standby on Thursday.
According to The Post, an unidentified witness was unable to appear on Wednesday as scheduled. Thursday’s availability of the witness as a witness is uncertain.
According to Business Insider, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expects to be the prosecution’s final witness.
The New York Times reports that on Monday, defense attorney Robert Costello appeared before the grand jury and criticized the prosecution.
“They seemed clearly one-sided and not after the truth,” Costello said. “I told the grand jury that [Cohen] couldn’t tell the truth if you put a gun to his head.”
Saturday, Trump wrote on social media that he anticipated to be arrested on Tuesday and called for protests, heightening the tension around the investigation of the former president by a grand jury.
Although grand jury procedures are confidential, sources indicate that the prospective indictment is most likely connected to falsifying corporate documents. The grand jury has heard testimony from prosecutors on a 2016 payment to pornstar Stormy Daniels.
According to The New York Times, the grand jury typically meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and it is expected that one more witness will testify.
When the last witness has testified, prosecutors will request a vote on whether or not to indict Trump. In New York, an indictment requires a majority of the 23 jurors, which signifies there is sufficient proof of a crime to warrant a trial.
The Times estimated that an indictment might be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.
Trump, who presently resides in Florida, is anticipated to come to New York City the next week to be arraigned and processed if he is arrested this week.
A trial would not occur for several months, meaning that Trump might face charges in court while campaigning for the White House.
Bragg has been heavily criticized for attempting to indict Trump on a seven-year-old accusation while violent crime is rife in Manhattan.
“Here’s what we know about District Attorney Bragg,” South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said, according to NBC News. “He does not want to lock anybody up as it relates to violent criminals. He’s the guy that wants no jails.
“The only thing he wants to do is weaponize the law against his political enemies. President Trump is a victim of that.”
“This is a travesty and it should not be happening, especially in the greatest country on earth,” Scott said.