NEW YORK – Manhattan prosecutors postponed a grand jury session in the investigation into former President Donald Trump over hush money payments during his 2016 presidential campaign, delaying a decision on whether to charge him. Although the grand jury has been hearing from the final witnesses, the reason for the cancellation of Wednesday’s hearings was not immediately clear.
The panel will meet on Thursday, so the grand jurors were instructed to be ready. The grand jury might hear from yet another witness when it reconvenes.
The panel is looking into Trump’s role in a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels, a porn star, in 2016 to prevent her from disclosing an alleged sexual encounter with the president years earlier. Trump has refuted the accusation and said he did nothing wrong. He has called for his MAGA supporters to protest and to “Take Back the Nation.”
Law enforcement officials and the New York Police Department have stepped up security preparations in case there is disruption in the wake of an indictment against the former president.