Trump indictment: Manhattan grand jury delays decision to charge former president

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Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Sue Ogrocki/AP

Trump indictment: Manhattan grand jury delays decision to charge former president

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The Manhattan grand jury investigating hush money payments between former President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels called off its meeting for Wednesday ahead of a possible indictment of the former president.

Two law enforcement officers with knowledge of the case said the jury was told not to come in, according to Business Insider.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who told the jury to stay home, said they should be on standby for Thursday, the sources said.

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Trump posted on Truth Social over the weekend that he expected to be arrested on Tuesday, decrying “illegal leaks” and “highly political” prosecutors. An indictment vote was expected on Wednesday, but this delay will either push the vote to Thursday or sometime next week.

It is unclear why Wednesday’s proceedings were delayed. Multiple sources said that the jury was prepared as of Friday to issue an indictment against Trump early this week. So far, they have heard from Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to making the payments to Daniels to prevent her from going public about an affair she had with Trump in 2005.

The grand jury also heard testimony from Robert Costello, Cohen’s one-time lawyer, who sought to discredit Cohen’s testimony.

Trump has been preparing for an arrest, with reports stating that he told his legal counsel he wants to be handcuffed while making an initial court appearance and that he wants to stand before the jury in person, rather than virtually, so he does not appear weak.

He also told his legal counsel he didn’t care if someone shot at him because, then, he would become “a martyr” and would probably win the presidency in 2024.

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If the jury does indict Trump, it will be the first time criminal charges are brought down on a former U.S. president in the nation’s history.

This is breaking and will continue to be updated.

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