Thursday, March 23, 2023

BOMBSHELL: Trump grand jury will not hear 'hush-money' case for the rest of this week

By Laura Italiano | Insider

Former U.S. President Donald Trump. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

There will be no grand jury testimony, deliberations, or vote in the Trump "hush money" case in Manhattan for the remainder of this week, a source told Insider.  

Grand jurors will return to court Thursday, according to the law enforcement source. But the panel will meet in connection with a different case — not the Trump hush-money matter, the source said early Thursday.

The panel has been meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and has been hearing evidence since mid-January concerning former President Donald Trump and his alleged involvement in a 2016 pre-election payment to adult actress Stormy Daniels. 

The grand jurors are not expected to take up the hush-money case again until Monday at the earliest, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to discuss high-level planning for the panel, which meets in secret. 

At the request of Trump's defense team, grand jurors heard testimony on Monday from Robert Costello, a former legal advisor to prosecution witness Michael Cohen. Costello said he hoped his testimony would challenge Cohen's credibility. The grand jury has not met to consider the hush-money matter since then. 

It is not unusual for state grand juries to hear evidence in multiple cases at the same time. It is not clear if the case on hand for the Trump panel on Thursday has any relation to Trump or to anyone in his sphere, or if it is entirely unrelated.

Prosecutors are statutorily barred from discussing grand jury proceedings. They did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

[So much for Trumpmas! And as I noted earlier, there’s supposed to be another witness testifying in the Trump case now, so even next week might be a wash … assuming Bragg wants to continue this folly. — Ed]