In a major step toward holding former President Donald Trump—who often spewed \u0022law and order\u0022 rhetoric while in office—accountable for his various alleged crimes, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has convened a grand jury that is set to decide whether to indict Trump, others at his company, or the business itself.That\u0026#039;s according to the Washington Post, which broke the news Tuesday evening, citing two unnamed sources, and reported that it suggests the Democratic D.A. \u0022believes he has found evidence of a crime—if not by Trump then by someone potentially close to him or by his company.\u0022 A spokesperson for Vance declined to comment.Noting that \u0022Vance has been a cautious prosecutor,\u0022 Georgetown University public policy professor Donald Moynihan tweeted Tuesday that there is \u0022no real reason to do this unless there is some solid evidence of wrongdoing in the Trump Organization.\u0022While Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, neither a spokesperson for the Republican ex-president nor an attorney for the Trump Organization—which has been described as a \u0022rat\u0026#039;s nest of hundreds of ambiguous limited liability companies\u0022—responded to the Post\u0026#039;s requests for comment.Critics of Trump, meanwhile, welcomed the newspaper\u0026#039;s reporting.BREAKING: Manhattan\u0026#039;s district attorney has convened the grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict former president Donald Trumphttps://t.co/4VSVnTk6Cx— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 25, 2021U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) pointed to his declaration from shortly after the November 2020 election that \u0022Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution.\u0022pic.twitter.com/0qeTfEZT5M— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) May 25, 2021Last week, a spokesperson for Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office has \u0022informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the company is no longer purely civil in nature,\u0022 and that it is \u0022now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan D.A.\u0022Vance\u0026#039;s decision to convene the special panel comes after more than two years of investigators in New York reviewing hush-money payments, executive compensation, property valuations, tax decisions, and other matters.The D.A.\u0026#039;s probe has reportedly intensified since Trump left office—and in February, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his attempt to block the enforcement of a subpoena for his tax returns and other financial documents.Significant that we are hearing about this just after New York AG \u0026amp; DA investigations convergence. Momentum.https://t.co/wvxiQt4PwC— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) May 25, 2021The special grand jury \u0022will sit three days a week for six months,\u0022 and \u0022is likely to hear several matters—not just the Trump case,\u0022 according to the Post.New York Law School professor Rebecca Roiphe, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, explained the potential significance of Vance\u0026#039;s move to the paper:Roiphe said the recent step of seating a long-term panel shows that Vance\u0026#039;s investigation has progressed to the point that prosecutors will visit the grand jury, bring them evidence and witnesses, and potentially ask them to contemplate charges. They were unlikely to take that step without believing they had evidence to show there was probable cause to believe someone committed a crime, she said.\u0022The prosecutors are convinced they have a case. That\u0026#039;s at least how I read it,\u0022 Roiphe added.Vance is planning to leave office at the end of the year; the Democratic primary for his replacement will be held next month.In addition to the investigations in New York, Trump faces a criminal probe into alleged election interference in Georgia.