Manhattan prosecutors have convened the grand jury that will weigh criminal charges against Donald Trump, according to reports on Tuesday.
The grand jury will also consider whether other Trump Organization executives or the business itself will be prosecuted, The Washington Post reported.
Investigators are looking into whether his business manipulated the value of his real estate portfolio to defraud banks and insurance companies and if any tax benefits were obtained through the evaluations.
The president has denied any wrongdoing and believes all the investigations into him are just further examples of Democratic witch hunts.
The Post reported that the panel will sit for three days a week for roughly six months.
The members on the panel will hear a number of cases, which is traditional with New York State grand juries. They aren’t convened on a case-by-case basis.
The convening of the grand jury is the latest development in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s case against the former president which has picked up steam in the last two weeks.
It also indicates Vance may have evidence of criminality against Trump, according to Rebecca Roiphe, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan who is now a professor at New York Law School.
She said that seating a long-term grand jury indicated that that ‘prosecutors are convinced they have a case.’
Vance’s team may present the entirety of their case at once or in between the panel reviewing other cases. It is unclear if the grand jury will be asked to consider returning any indictments, the outlet reported.
Trump is facing two investigations into his business practices in New York.
Vance Jr., is leaving office at the end of the year, meaning there’s a good chance he’ll pass the two-year probe to his successor.
Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James has also announced that her civil investigation into Trump’s business conduct has turned criminal.
She claims Trump manipulated the value of his assets to mislead tax authorities and lenders.
James announced on Friday that her office would also working alongside Vance’s probe as she said she has assigned two lawyers to work with the his office on a criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings.
James, a Democrat, said her office is also continuing its ongoing civil investigation into the the Republican ex-president and his company, the Trump Organization.
‘Two of our assistant attorney generals have been cross designated as district attorneys,’ James said at a news conference on an unrelated topic.
It was James’ first appearance before the news media since her office announced last Tuesday that its Trump investigation had evolved into a criminal matter. She did not say what prompted her office to expand its investigation into a criminal probe.
Trump issued a statement Wednesday complaining that he´s being ‘unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system.’
He contends the probes are part of a Democratic plot to silence his voters and block him from running for president again.
Duncan Levin, a lawyer for a witness who´s cooperating with both investigations, said they´ve been talking to prosecutors from the attorney general´s criminal division since March.
Levin represents Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Trump’s longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg.
Jennifer Weisselberg has given New York investigators reams of tax records and other documents as they look into whether some Trump employees were given off-the-books compensation, such as apartments or school tuition.
Allen Weisselberg was subpoenaed in James´ civil investigation and testified twice last year.