The Manhattan grand jury that is considering a potential indictment of former president Donald Trump over his alleged involvement with a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels will not meet on Wednesday, according to several reports, delaying any potential indictment until Thursday at the earliest.
Trump claimed over the weekend that he would be arrested Tuesday in connection with a $130,000 payment allegedly made to the porn actress on his behalf. That prediction did not come to fruition.
“THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.
“THEY’RE KILLING OUR NATION AS WE SIT BACK & WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA!PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!” he later added.
The grand jury meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but was given Wednesday off, according to reports from Insider and the New York Times. A law enforcement source told Insider it is unlikely that the grand jury will meet at all this week.
The grand jury may hear from at least one more witness before voting on a potential indictment, per the Times.
“The grand jury has been told to stay home today. They’re on standby for tomorrow,” one senior law-enforcement official said.
“The D.A.’s office didn’t tell the court why the day off, [they] just said, ‘I don’t want them today, maybe tomorrow,’” the official added.
A spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The investigation appeared to be in its final stages in recent days, as prosecutors allowed a defense witness, Robert Costello, to testify on Monday.