Trump Irate, Lashes Out After Grand Jury Seated For Trump Organization Probe

Ruben Fields
May 26, 2021

The Washington Post revealed that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance had empaneled a grand jury into the financial problems facing the Trump Organization.

The special grand jury is expected to review all evidence three days a week for six months.

Prosecutors are zeroing in on Trump's business dealing before the 2016 election, focusing on whether the Trump Organization manipulated property values to defraud banks and insurance companies.

The panel was recently convened by the Manhattan district attorney's office, and will hear evidence in other cases as well, the sources told the Post.

The development is the latest step towards the 74-year-old Trump, who left the White House in January, possibly becoming the first ever ex-US leader to face criminal charges.

But in his blog Tuesday, Trump accused prosecutors of targeting him for the Russian Federation investigation, which has nothing to do with the case in NY. While working on that case, it also will be hearing other matters.

Vance's office declined to comment.

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Vance and NY state Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, are investigating Trump's business dealings ― prompting the Republican to claim he is being persecuted.

Trump contends the investigation is a "witch hunt".

"This is purely political, and an affront to the nearly 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it's being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors".

The DA's investigation is being carried out alongside the office New York Attorney General Letitia James, which revealed last week that the investigation into the Trump Organization was being conducted "in a criminal capacity". Next month's election is nearly certain to decide who it will be. Last week, he released a 909-word statement skewering Vance and the state's attorney general, Tish James, and accusing them of political persecution. He contends the investigations are part of a Democratic plot to silence his voters and block him from running for president again.

Vance's investigation has appeared to focus in recent weeks on Trump's longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg.

His former daughter-in-law Jen Weisselberg, who is cooperating with the inquiry, has passed on documents helping investigators look at whether some Trump employees might have been given unofficial benefits such as housing or school tuition.

Allen Weisserberg was summoned in a James civil investigation and witnessed twice previous year.

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