Grand jury considers Trump charges


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A grand jury is meeting to decide whether New York prosecutors have enough evidence to formally charge Donald Trump and his businesses with crimes.

A New York grand jury is meeting to decide to indict former president Donald Trump with formal criminal charges. 

The decision to call a grand jury may indicate that the Manhattan District Attorney General, Cyrus Vance, will bring charges against Donald Trump following Vance’s two-year investigation into the former president and his businesses.

Prosecutors were already investigating Trump and his company on civil infractions but a spokesperson for New York’s State Attorney General, Letitia James, said that the investigation was now a criminal probe.

The New York Attorney General and the Manhattan District Attorney General are separate offices and are historically professional rivals. 

The fact that they are cooperating on this investigation highlights the seriousness of the probe. 

According to NPR, the two offices are combing through millions of pages of records for evidence.

Neither office commented on exactly what specific evidence turned the case from a civil to a criminal probe. 

Mr. Trump alleges that this is all a political witch hunt and denies any wrongdoing.