The grand jury in Manhattan’s endless partisan fishing expedition against Donald Trump is ending with no criminal charges against the former president.
According to the Washington Post, the lead prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, got cold feet and “paused” the grand jury.
Grand jury ends with no charges against Trump
The investigation was launched years ago by former District Attorney Cy Vance during the Trump administration, and Bragg, who came into office this year, vowed to continue it.
But the best efforts of anti-Trump prosecutors have apparently failed to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing. Bragg, apparently realizing he has no case, has “paused” a grand jury that was convened in November — and which was set to expire last week, the Washington Post reported.
The probe has long focused on the claim that Trump inflated his assets for tax purposes. But the investigation showed signs of losing steam in February when the two top prosecutors stepped aside.
The Post conceded that the probe “appears to be fizzling out without charges against the former president.”
The New York Times similarly acknowledged that “the developments underscore the reduced possibility that Trump will face charges under Bragg, who along with several other prosecutors had concerns about proving the case.”
Witch hunt failing
Trump has also faced a parallel and similarly partisan civil probe led by attorney general Letitia James for several years. James’s office is “skeptical that any criminal case will be brought,” the Post said.
It’s a remarkable defeat, considering the partisan leaning of a likely jury in ultra-liberal Manhattan, Trump’s former residence.
Trump has continued to cast a large shadow over American politics, despite facing an unprecedented social media ban that began before his term in office had even finished.
Democrats are concerned that Trump could return to Elon Musk-owned Twitter, which would turbocharge any plans he may have for another White House run. The former president has also been overtaking rival Joe Biden in numerous polls, raising the prospect of a second Trump term.
The witch hunt isn’t over yet for Trump, who is facing a court-ordered $10,000 fine every day for refusing to cooperate with James. Still, Democrats are sure to be discouraged by the whimpering end of Vance’s criminal probe. If Trump runs again, it looks like they will just have to defeat him at the ballot box.