Updated May 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Reports: New York prosecutors convene grand jury in Trump probe

 Former U.S. president Donald Trump is seen on May 24, 2021 in New York City.
Former President Trump in New York City on Monday. Photo: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

New York prosecutors have convened a grand jury to consider whether to indict former President Trump and Trump Organization executives as part of a criminal investigation into the company, the Washington Post first reported Tuesday.

Why it matters: The reported development signals an escalation in the two-year investigations into the Trump Organization's finances by the Manhattan district attorney's office and the New York attorney general's office, which last week announced a joint criminal probe into the former president and his company.

Driving the news: The investigations are looking into potential bank, tax and insurance fraud. Trump denies any wrongdoing.

  • They include "scrutiny of Trump’s relationship with his lenders; a land donation he made to qualify for an income tax deduction; and tax write-offs his company claimed on millions of dollars in consulting fees it paid," AP reports.
  • The recently convened jury will gather three days a week for six months, according to WashPost.
  • The group is expected to hear several other matters during this time, according to the Post and AP.

What they're saying: Trump said in an emailed statement that the joint New York investigations were "purely political."

  • "This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history," he added.
  • "New York City and State are suffering the highest crime rates in their history, and instead of going after murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, and others, they come after Donald Trump."
  • Representatives for New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to comment on the matter.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Trump.

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