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Grand Jury Takes Up Trump Criminal Probe and Trump Is Not Handling It All That Well

Grand Jury Takes Up Trump Criminal Probe and Trump Is Not Handling It All That Well
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Less than two weeks after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that both the New York and Manhattan investigations into the Trump Organization had escalated to criminal, rather than civil, investigations, reports broke that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has convened a grand jury.

The latest escalation of the years-long investigation suggests that Vance believes he has enough evidence to charge the Trump Organization, its executives, or even former President Donald Trump himself with a crime.

Over the course of the investigation, Vance has gained access to Trump's long-withheld financial records after years of litigation.

Trump exploded at the news on his personal blog, recycling his go-to list of phrases like "witch hunt" and "hoax."

The lengthy statement reads in part:

"This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history. It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it's never stopped. They wasted two years and $48 million in taxpayer dollars on Mueller and Russia Russia Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and it continues to this day, with illegally leaked confidential information."

The pity party continued:

"No other President in history has had to put up with what I have had to, and on top of all that, I have done a great job for our Country, whether it's taxes, regulations, our Military, Veterans, Space Force, our Borders, speedy creation of a great vaccine (said to be a miracle!), and protecting the Second Amendment."

The grand jury will sit for three days a week for six months, the Washington Post reports, and will likely consider charges on several criminal investigations.

Trump has repeatedly decried any attempts to hold him accountable as a "continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history." He did so with his second impeachment, with the Supreme Court decision to grant access to his tax returns, and now with the impaneling of a grand jury in the Manhattan criminal investigation.

Judging by Trump's reaction, some suspect Vance has got his witch.

The news of the grand jury made waves across social media.

It's going to be a long six months.