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Trump ‘hush money’ grand jury back to work Monday after week-long hiatus: sources

Donald TrumpFormer President Donald Trump speaks at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., on November 15, 2022.

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  • A Manhattan grand jury will be back Monday afternoon on the Trump ‘hush-money’ case, sources tell Insider.
  • It is unknown if the secret grand jury will hear from additional witnesses or is nearing a vote.
  • The panel has not heard the case since a surprise defense rebuttal witness testified last Monday.

A New York state grand jury will be back on the Trump ‘hush money’ case Monday after a week-long hiatus, according to two law enforcement sources.

The sources spoke to Insider early Monday.

The panel is weighing evidence of former President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in a 2016 pre-election payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Federal prosecutors have called the payment an illegal campaign expenditure.

Prosecutors under Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg are considering felony charges of falsifying business records, Trump’s defense lawyers have said. Bragg arrived for work on Monday at 8 a.m.

It’s unclear whether the grand jury, which meets in the afternoon, will hear additional witnesses Monday, or if they are nearing a vote. The panel also meets Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

The grand jury has been meeting in secret in a lower Manhattan building that has been surrounded by an international press corps over the past week, even on days when it does not sit. 

The grand jury last met on Monday, March 20, when it heard testimony by a rebuttal witness at the request of Trump’s defense team.

The witness, Robert Costello, a former legal advisor to star prosecution witness Michael Cohen, said afterward that he testified in hopes of damaging Cohen’s credibility.

Cohen, meanwhile, has insisted that his testimony is corroborated by documents and the testimony of additional witnesses. The grand jury is believed to have heard from two former Trump advisors, Hope Hicks, and Kellyanne Conway, who may have knowledge of the payment from their time on the 2016 campaign.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in connection with the $130,000 hush-money payment. 

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