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What the Trump Grand Jury Delay Likely Means
The Manhattan grand jury investigating Trump's supposed involvement in hush money paid to a porn star is unlikely to see any evidence in the coming month, mainly due to a planned break for Easter and Passover. This means a potential indictment for the former president likely won't happen before late April. Although the grand jury's timetable might change, it's important to not jump to conclusions.
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Right-wing individuals, including Trump, will likely view this pause as an opportunity to challenge the investigation's legitimacy, but other explanations exist. While it's not implausible that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is facing difficulties, other factors are more likely.
In fact, Trump has already posted the following message on Truth Social:
“I HAVE GAINED SUCH RESPECT FOR THIS GRAND JURY, & PERHAPS EVEN THE GRAND JURY SYSTEM AS A WHOLE,” Trump wrote. “THE EVIDENCE IS SO OVERWHELMING IN MY FAVOR, & SO RIDICULOUSLY BAD FOR THE HIGHLY PARTISAN & HATEFUL DISTRICT ATTORNEY.”
So, What Does This Mean?
Firstly, the break was pre-arranged, and it was Trump, not Bragg or the DA's office, who hinted at imminent indictments. Assertions that the investigation has altered course are founded solely on Trump's claims.
Secondly, fresh evidence could require additional witnesses. This might relate to the earlier testimony of former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker or potential federal law breaches by Trump in posts about DA Alvin Bragg on his Truth Social platform. Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner argued that Trump's posts, particularly one with a photo, aimed to intimidate the district attorney and broke New York state law.
At the heart of the investigation is Trump's alleged participation in a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. He denies both the affair and any illegal activity tied to the payment.
Ultimately, grand jury proceedings are confidential, and speculating about them is unwise. To avoid misconstruing the situation, both critics and supporters should simply be patient.