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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.

Go deeper: Donald Trump's legal troubles become criminal

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

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AP names Julie Pace executive editor

Julie Pace. Photo: AP

The Associated Press has named its D.C. bureau chief, Julie Pace, as its new executive editor, effective immediately.

Why it matters: Pace replaces Sally Buzbee, who was named the Washington Post's top editor earlier this year.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

Photo: Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.