In a major step toward holding former President Donald Trump—who often spewed “law and order” rhetoric while in office—accountable for his various alleged crimes, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has convened a grand jury that is set to decide whether to indict Trump, others at his company, or the business itself.
That’s according to the Washington Post, which broke the news Tuesday evening, citing two unnamed sources, and reported that it suggests the Democratic D.A. “believes he has found evidence of a crime—if not by Trump then by someone potentially close to him or by his company.” A spokesperson for Vance declined to comment.
Noting that “Vance has been a cautious prosecutor,” Georgetown University public policy professor Donald Moynihan tweeted Tuesday that there is “no real reason to do this unless there is some solid evidence of wrongdoing in the Trump Organization.”
While Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, neither a spokesperson for the Republican ex-president nor an attorney for the Trump Organization—which has been described as a “rat’s nest of hundreds of ambiguous limited liability companies”—responded to the Post‘s requests for comment.
Critics of Trump, meanwhile, welcomed the newspaper’s reporting.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) pointed to his declaration from shortly after the November 2020 election that “Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution.”
Last week, a spokesperson for Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office has “informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the company is no longer purely civil in nature,” and that it is “now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan D.A.”
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