Prosecutors in New York have convened a grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict former president Donald Trump, suggesting they may have found evidence of a crime.
With this development, Trump, 74, draws closer to becoming the first ex-US leader to face criminal charges.
The grand jury was set up recently and will sit three days a week for six months, reported The Washington Post.
The Washington Post said it suggests that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance may have found evidence of a crime, if not by Trump then somebody close to him.
In the United States, prosecutors typically refer important cases to grand juries made up of citizens who examine the prosecution’s case in secret. They hear evidence and can request additional documents before deciding whether criminal charges should be brought.
Vance and New York state Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, are investigating Trump’s business dealings, including whether the Trump Organization committed tax evasion, insurance and bank fraud.
Trump denies wrongdoing and has called the investigations “a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of the United States.”
It comes a week after James said her office was investigating the Trump Organization in a “criminal capacity” and was working with Vance’s team.