The move could mean the DA is moving toward a charging decision
NEW YORK — The Manhattan district attorney’s office has advised former President Donald Trump of his right to testify before a grand jury investigating his role in paying porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
In New York, potential targets of the law’s investigations have the opportunity to appear before a grand jury that hears evidence.
Sources said the so-called “cross-notification” was given to Trump in recent days and could be a sign that District Attorney Alvin Bragg is moving toward a decision on charges.
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“The Manhattan District Attorney’s threat to indict President Trump is simply insane,” Trump’s spokesman said in a statement. “President Trump was a victim of extortion then as he is now. It embarrassed the Democratic prosecutors and embarrassed New York.”
In recent weeks, ABC News has reported on witnesses who have appeared before the grand jury, including former Trump associates Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks and Michael Cohen.
Sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that the district attorney was investigating whether Trump falsified business records in connection with a $130,000 payment to Daniels before the 2016 election, which prosecutors say was intended to keep her from talking about a long-rejected romance. .
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