The inquiry against former President Donald Trump is unlikely to conclude anytime soon.
NBC News reports that the grand jury appointed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to examine the former president is unlikely to act on Trump this week.
The grand jury is not likely to convene on Wednesday, NBC said, citing unnamed sources. According to NBC, the court is slated to assemble on Thursday to consider an unrelated matter.
The most recent meeting was held on Monday, and no statements or indictments followed.
This is not the first time the grand jury appeared to have postponed potential action.
According to a Thursday Wall Street Journal article, the panel adjourned last week without taking any action after hearing from a witness who attempted to throw doubt on the prosecution’s lead witness, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Earlier this month, Trump predicted that he would be jailed, leading to widespread anticipation that charges would soon be filed.
However, a spokesperson for the former president confirmed that Trump had not been informed of his impending arrest.
There is no evidence that prosecutors have made any formal outreach to warn Trump that he would be taken into custody. A Trump spox said that “there has been no notification” of a pending arrest. More from @colvinj and I and our @AP team: https://t.co/gY6bXWCw00
— Michelle L. Price (@michellelprice) March 18, 2023
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has selected the jurors.
Notwithstanding high rates of violent crime in the borough, the Democratic prosecutor has dropped several criminal cases in favor of the continuing Trump probe.
Under Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's leadership NYC prosecutors have been forced to toss out 69% of criminal cases even though shootings rose by 102% and murders rose by over 51% between 2019 and 2021.
And he wants to become the first prosecutor to ever arrest a former US President.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 21, 2023
It is believed that the grand jurors are considering potential tax fraud and campaign finance crimes related to payments made to Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 campaign.
If the grand jury decides to prosecute Trump, the charges would be unprecedented.
No past president has ever faced criminal charges.
The possibility of a criminal trial against Trump has been widely denounced as a politicized prosecution, as it would target a prominent presidential candidate in the 2024 race.
It is unknown when the grand jury will decide on potential charges against Bragg, or if it will indict him at all.