The grand jury is meant to consider whether to indict Trump on charges pertaining to alleged hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election. The money, per a letter from Trump attorney Michael Cohen after the fact, was paid out by Cohen, and he sought reimbursement from Trump.
"At noon," Fox reports, the grand jury here in New York in the Donald Trump probe [is] set to reconvene, after Manhattan DA Bragg abruptly canceled yesterday's hearing. Sources telling Fox News there is 'a major dissension within the DAs office over the weakness of the case and convincing the jurors about any potential charges could be a tough sell.'"
The allegations from Bragg are that the Trump Organization misclassified the payments made to Cohen, which were then allegedly passed on to Daniels, as "legal fees," which falsification of records would be a misdemeanor.
Bragg has indicated that he would like to increase these charges to the level of a felony, claiming that Trump used the first crime to commit a second crime of election interference. He could try to prove that the payments were an illegal contribution to Trump's campaign, in that the suppression of Daniels' story about what she said was a relationship between the two did not go public prior to the election, which Trump won.
If Trump were to be indicted as part of what many lawmakers and pundits are calling a "politically motivated" prosecution, it would be the first time that a current or former president was indicted on criminal charges.
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