When District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought forth his case against 45th President Donald Trump, he probably thought that he could make the grand jury do his bidding. This is despite the fact that his investigation has proven to be weak both in terms of the legal theory it takes and in the factual pattern of the case.
While Mr. Bragg may yet prevail in securing an unprecedented criminal indictment against a former president from the grand jury, the fact that the grand jury suspended hearings yesterday and will likely not reconvene until next week suggests something is going wrong.
Yesterday the New York Post reported that the New York City grand jury did not reconvene as scheduled and that the planned afternoon session was quashed by the request of Mr. Bragg. The jurors were told to be ready to possibly reconvene today. However, ABC 7 reported today that the Trump case will be heard next week on Monday by the grand jury and that at least one more witness is slated to appear before them.
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The reasons for the delay may be manifold. It could be that Mr. Bragg wants to call on more witnesses or that he is reconsidering (or perhaps pressured to reconsider) going through with pressing for an indictment of Mr. Trump.
A source told the New York Post that chaos was reigning in the District Attorney’s office and that doubts were being raised about the wisdom of bringing their weak case forward. In the words of the New York Post, “a source with ties to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told The Post that Bragg was concerned following Costello’s testimony…The last thing he wants is for the grand jury to vote against him,” the source said.
The Post writes that, ‘[h]e [Mr. Bragg] wants a no-doubt-about-it case. He is pressuring the ‘Trump obsessed’ to step up and prove the case.” A source inside Bragg’s office also said a substantial number of assistant district attorneys were “shaking their heads” over Bragg’s decision to pursue Trump, 76. ‘”They don’t understand how this case is going forward,” the source said. “These ADAs are not fans of Trump but they are professional lawyers and know the law.”‘
The New York Post is not alone in reporting that wave of dissension and doubt reigning in Bragg’s office. Fox News cited two sources as relaying that “the grand jury was canceled amid “major dissension” within the district attorney’s office. One source claimed the district attorney is having trouble convincing the grand jury on potential charges due to the “weakness” of the case…Sources told Fox News, though, that there remains a real chance that Bragg does not choose to indict the former president.”