Don’t hold your breath on an immediate indictment of former President Donald Trump.
The Manhattan grand jury investigating Trump for a hush money scheme involving a former porn star for a tryst they once had is taking a pre-scheduled, holiday hiatus, several outlets reported Wednesday — which would push a final answer on the case back through at least after Easter Sunday, April 9.
The panel is investigating whether Trump may have committed a crime authorizing a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, with whom he had an extramarital affair, through his former attorney, Michael Cohen.
The reported hiatus comes more than 10 days after Trump made a Nostradamus-like prediction on social media that he would be indicted and arrested on Tuesday, March 21, in connection with the scheme. He called on his believers to “PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” on the event of his arrest, and launched a protracted smear campaign against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that resulted in the prosecutor receiving threats of investigations from pro-Trump members of Congress, and death from the ex-president’s supporters.
But Trump proved to be an ineffective seer; March 21 came and went without an indictment or his arrest. Despite the city bracing itself for protests, and a media circus keeping vigil outside the DA’s office in Lower Manhattan, the grand jury convened on and off over the past 10 days, receiving witnesses and hearing more testimony — but has yet to consider a true bill indictment against Trump.
Amid the firestorm, Trump held a campaign rally in Waco, TX on March 25 in which he appeared to glorify those who launched the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol in his name, as part of a blatant effort to violently overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. He also claimed his innocence to the hush money scheme.