According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Manhattan grand jury that has been hearing testimony about hush money paid on Donald Trump's behalf will not take up that inquiry again this week, further delaying a potential vote on an indictment until next week at the earliest.
This information comes from the Manhattan grand jury that has been hearing testimony about the matter, according to a report by The Washington Times.
It was not immediately obvious why the panel, which did convene on Monday, would not be taking up the inquiry against Trump on either Wednesday or Thursday. The meeting took place on Monday.
The grand jury has been holding its sessions on a weekly basis on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, however they skipped the session scheduled for last Wednesday and instead gathered the day before for other, unconnected business.
On Monday, they made a brief return to Trump, although it was just to listen to testimony from a single witness.
Trump himself has ratcheted up anticipation that an indictment might be close by tweeting on his social media platform that he anticipated to be arrested in the immediate future.
This has led to an increase in the likelihood that an indictment would be forthcoming. After further investigation, his counsel stated that they had not received any such indication on time from the prosecutors in Manhattan.
The office of the Manhattan district attorney, which is in charge of the investigation and is leading it, has taken a number of actions that are being interpreted as indicating that they might be near to finishing it, including requesting Trump to testify.
Those who verified that no more action linked to Trump was expected this week did so under the condition that they could talk only on the condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the private grand jury sessions.
It would be unprecedented for former presidents to be arrested after their time in office, but it is not impossible. The possibility of a former president being arrested depends on the nature of the allegations against them and the evidence supporting those allegations.
If there is evidence of a former president committing a crime while in office, they can be subject to legal action. For example, former President Richard Nixon was not arrested, but he was forced to resign from office due to the Watergate scandal, which led to criminal charges against several of his top aides.
In recent years, there has been speculation about the possibility of a former president facing legal consequences, particularly in relation to alleged crimes committed before taking office or during their time in office.
However, legal action against a former president would likely face significant political and legal hurdles, given the complex legal and constitutional issues involved.
Ultimately, whether or not a former president is arrested will depend on the specific circumstances of each case and the willingness of law enforcement agencies to pursue legal action against them.