NEW: Confidantes say Donald Trump's plan to keep teasing a 2024 run is at least in part meant to make state or federal authorities think twice about issuing indictments he could cast as part of an attempt to keep him from reclaiming the presidency.…
Foremost on Trump's mind is a probe run by @ManhattanDA Cyrus Vance, who recently hired a crack team of forensic accountants and an experienced organized crime prosecutor.…
Ex-federal prosecutor @glennkirschner2 says Vance's recent moves indicate that charges are imminent: "I don’t think Cy Vance would have spent considerable state resources to hire expert forensic accountants unless he was moving toward indictment & trial”…
Former Watergate & SDNY prosecutor @nickakerman said the wide scope of Vance's probe has been an open secret among the New York City defense bar for some time.…
“They’re talking to former employees and talking to lots of people in New York… and they’ve been geared up for a while on this thing. So I think they’ve got a good indication of where they’re going,” @nickakerman said.…
.@glennkirschner2 added that Trump's push to cast charges as political won't be as effective without the power of the presidency.

“I think it’s a less effective formula now that he can’t abuse his office & make people’s lives miserable,” he said.…
“I think all of this is going to come to a very abrupt halt — not his whining & complaining and his living a life of grievance — but people paying as much attention...or caring about the impact that might have once the first indictment drops on his head”…

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