Donald Trump’s team is growing increasingly confident that Alvin Bragg will drop his case, and think the grand jury’s month-long break in hearing evidence is the ‘first step’ in the process.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg impaneled a grand jury earlier this month in the hope of indicting Trump on campaign finance violations.
The jurors have been tasked with considering whether Trump broke the law when his attorney Michael Cohen gave $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about claims she had slept with Trump in 2016.
But today it was announced the jury will not hear any evidence in the case for a month.
On the few days a week that they are convened this week and next, they’ll hear evidence on different cases. Then, they will enjoy a two-week ‘scheduled hiatus’.
The hiatus is believed to have been scheduled to cover a NYC public school break, Easter and Passover, but no one from the DA’s office has confirmed it.
In a video message to followers today, Trump said the latest attempts by Bragg’s office to investigate him is ‘election interference’ by Democrats
Sources close to Trump told DailyMail.com on Wednesday afternoon that they believe the stall is the first step in a walk-back by Bragg’s office.
‘The case is going nowhere and Bragg knows it,’ said one.
In a Truth Social video, Trump said it was an attempt by Democrats to interfere in the election.
‘Election interference through prosecutors is the new ballot stuffing for the Democrat party. It’s bad, it’s dangerous, it’s third world and this is the way they’re going to do it. They are a disgrace to our nation,’ he said.
Bragg has made no secret of his disdain for Trump and his family, previously boasting about suing them over 100 times in past roles.
The grand jury normally meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
But they are not meeting today. They won’t hear evidence on Trump’s case tomorrow, either, then the jury will go on a scheduled ‘hiatus’ that has been planned since January.
Donald Trump on the golf course today. He insists he is innocent – and that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is motivated against by political bias
Trump on the golf course at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach today
Trump’s golf buddy, who he was seen with last week, was back on the green with him today
The Manhattan DA’s Office did not immediately respond to inquiries on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking to DailyMail.com in Iowa, former Vice President Mike Pence said the latest delay is further proof that the prosecution is politically-motivated
Speaking to DailyMail.com in Iowa, former Vice President Mike Pence said the latest delay is further proof that the prosecution is politically-motivated.
‘I expressed concern about what appeared to be a political prosecution taking place in New York and I continue to hope that the Manhattan DA will think better about it.
‘The reality is that millions of Americans believe that we have a two-tiered system of justice in this country.
‘One that applies to Democrats and one that applies to Republicans.
‘And I think that equal justice before the law that every American deserves and my hope is that’ll be reflected in decisions that are made going forward.’
NYPD staff remove barricades from the court house where a grand jury had been deliberating charges against Donald Trump
The NYPD clearing barricades from the courthouse on Wednesday. An NYPD spokesman did not comment on why they were being removed
The grand jury is considering whether Trump broke the law when his attorney Michael Cohen gave $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about claims she had slept with Trump in 2016
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump said he had gained ‘such respect’ for the jurors who are considering the charges but who have not yet indicted him
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the grand jury going home could send a signal that Bragg could be rethinking his posture.
‘I do think the fact that the grand jury has been sent home is indication that numerous Democrats, potentially even including Bragg, are getting cold feet,’ Cruz told DailyMail.com. ‘They’re realizing that they overreached and this was a mistake. Now, I don’t know if his partisan hatred is so great that he’s not capable of stopping. But the delay is a good sign for the rule of law,’ he said.
‘The substance of the case is utter garbage,’ Cruz continued. ‘It’s baseless and frivolous. It’s a political persecution and ironically enough, the fact that this left-wing Democrat is pursuing it has already proven to be a significant political benefit for Donald Trump.’
Cruz said he didn’t know if the move had anything to do with the judicial-political calendar – in a spring when Trump is facing a federal investigation by special counsel Jack Smith into the election overturn effort and one by Fulton County DA Fani Willis in Georgia related to the overturn effort there.
Some commentators have speculated that it helped Trump to have the Stormy Daniels probe, with its complex web of jurisdiction, come first.
‘This is clearly the weakest of all the potential legal jeopardy on the terrain,’ Cruz said. ‘But, this is the one hook that an extremely partisan Democrat prosecutor had. And it’s clear that hatred of Donald Trump mattered more to him than rule of law.’
Bragg moved ahead with the matter, which had been known as a ‘zombie case,’ after his predecessor Cy Vance ultimately dropped it. Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York also failed to bring charges against Trump, even after securing a guilty plea on campaign finance charges against Trump fixer Michael Cohen while Trump was still in office.
Earlier, Trump praised the jurors for taking their time, writing on Truth Social: ‘I have gained such respect for this grand jury, and perhaps even the grand jury system as a whole.
‘The evidence is so overwhelming in my favor, and so ridiculously bad for the highly partisan and hateful district attorney, that the grand jury is saying, hold on, we are not a rubber stamp, which most grand juries are branded as being, we are not going to vote against a preponderance of evidence or against large numbers of legal scholars all saying there is no case here.
‘Drop this sick witch hunt, now!’
His attorney Joe Tacopina told DailyMail.com: ‘Everyone, from the left to the right in the middle, are saying this case should not be brought .
Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker (far right) is shown trying to hide from the press as he leaves the Lefkowitz State Office Building on Monday after giving testimony
Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s closest advisors, spoke with prosecutors on March 8
Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified before the grand jury on March 15
‘It should not because there is absolutely no crime. The law makes that clear. And you do not indict a president for the first time in this country’s history on a case that will never make it to the finish line.
‘I am hopeful that the DA’s office is cognizant of that and that they will not simply seek to charge President Trump because DA Bragg’s financiers are baying for his scalp.
‘It would be the greatest form of injustice and would destroy the rule of law.’
Republicans have slammed the prosecution, many of which think will only help Trump’s campaign and will never lead to a conviction.
‘The way it comes across is very political. Like this guy is a very political guy. It is just, it appears to be not fair. They don’t put out good information on it.
‘That’s why I always say about law enforcement: tell people what’s going on.
‘Don’t be a black hole. Give people good information, so people don’t think badly,’ Sen. Rick Scott told DailyMail.com on Wednesday, shortly after the delay was announced.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for his handling of the case. Many say it has no legs and is driven by his own political hatred of Trump