The grand jury in the hush money lawsuit involving former US President Donald Trump is not expected to hear the case until the end of April, according to media reports.
Jurors will hear another case on April 3 and 5 before a two-week recess previously scheduled, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office may change the schedule, Xinhua news agency said, citing the news.
New York prosecutors are investigating Trump’s role in hush-hush payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The $130,000 payment was allegedly used to prevent Daniels from going public with the alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
Trump denied the incident, denied any wrongdoing and accused the investigation of being politically motivated.
The case has been closely watched as no former US president has ever faced criminal charges and Trump is running for the White House.
Republicans have rallied behind Trump in attacking Bragg and criticized the case as another example of Democrats “weaponizing” law enforcement for political gain.
Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, tweeted last week that “the effort by House Republicans to interfere with the Trump investigation is a clear attempt to shield the former president from justice.”
In addition to the Manhattan investigation, Trump is facing a criminal investigation by Georgia prosecutors for his efforts to reverse his defeat in the state’s 2020 presidential election.
He also faces a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice for his role in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots and for storing classified documents at his private Florida residence after leaving the White House.