The grand jury deliberating whether former President Donald Trump will be indicted on charges related to a 2016 hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels will not meet to discuss the case this week.
A meeting of the grand jury was expected on Wednesday but was called off abruptly. It is currently unknown which day next week they will meet to discuss a potential indictment of the former president.
Anticipation for an indictment of Trump by the grand jury this week began after reports swirled last weekend about the jury being on the verge of charging Trump for falsifying business records.
On Saturday, Trump said he believed he would be arrested on Tuesday, but did not say what gave him that indication.
House Republicans have slammed the potential indictment as being politically motivated and have vowed to investigate the Manhattan district attorney’s office. On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) requested testimony from two former prosecutors who resigned from the office last year.
GOP leaders in the House have also requested documents and testimony from Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg related to the probe. Bragg responded to the request Thursday by arguing doing so would interfere with law enforcement and that Republican leaders only became interested in the probe once indications had been given that Trump may be indicted.
Prosecutors in Manhattan have been investigating to see if the former president falsified business records by listing a $130,000 reimbursement of his then-lawyer Michael Cohen for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to stay silent as a legal expense in 2016, when he was running for president.
Falsifying business records in that way is a misdemeanor in the state of New York, but it can be upgraded to a felony charge if the district attorney’s office is able to successfully argue the falsification was done with the intent of concealing a second crime.