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Prosecutors Seat Special Grand Jury for Trump Investigation

In this Dec. 31, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington.

Prosecutors in New York have convened a special grand jury to examine evidence and potentially decide whether to issue indictments in connection with an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business dealings.

The Washington Post, Associated Press and ABC News reported the development Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has spent two years investigating such things as hush-money payments made to women on Trump’s behalf while he was campaigning for president, tax write-offs claimed by his company and Trump’s relationships with financial lenders.

The probe included obtaining years of Trump’s tax records after a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.

Trump has dismissed the investigation as a “witch hunt.”

“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors," Trump said in a statement Tuesday.

No former U.S. president has ever been charged with a crime.