The Manhattan grand jury expected to consider criminal charges against Donald Trump over his role in the payment of hush money to the adult film star Stormy Daniels did not meet today as planned.

The adjournment sparked a flurry of speculation among people close to Trump, with advisers asking if it signalled weaknesses in the case being prosecuted by the Manhattan district attorney.

The other view is that the delay may mean there is more damning evidence to come.