A grand jury has been convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to consider whether a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump is thought needful, according to The Washington Examiner.
The DA is bringing evidence about the former president’s business dealings and plans to have the group sit for three days a week for the next six months to hear information in the Trump inquiry, according to the Washington Post‘s report.
Trump released a statement as soon as information about the grand jury broke, saying that “This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”
“It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it’s never stopped,” Trump went on. “They wasted two years and $48 million in taxpayer dollars on Mueller and Russia Russia Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and it continues to this day, with illegally leaked confidential information,” he said in part.
The investigation into Trump by Vance began in 2018 while the president was in office and has been ongoing as teams have combed the former president’s business dealings and potential fraud throughout his business’s history.
“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” Trump said in a statement.
Vance’s grand jury was seated just days after he announced that he would not be running for reelection, meaning that the investigation might soon be passed off to another district attorney.
However, that hasn’t kept the investigator from putting his back into the job. He was joined in investigating the former president by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a fellow Democrat who is running a separate investigation into Trump’s business.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” Fabien Levy, a spokesman for James, told the Washington Examiner on May 18.
“There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime,” Trump said in a statement the following day. “But, make no mistake, that is exactly what is happening here.”