Former President Trump’s Bid to Delay Hush Money Trial Denied, March 25 Trial Date Set

Former President Trump’s lawyers were unsuccessful in their attempt to delay his first criminal trial, which is set to begin on March 25. The trial, centered around hush money payments, marks a significant blow to Trump’s strategy of delaying legal proceedings against him. Trump’s attorneys argued that the trial schedule amounted to election interference and hindered his ability to campaign during the primary season. However, the judge rejected their bid to dismiss the case or postpone the timeline.

The trial, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, accuses Trump of falsifying business records related to reimbursements made to his former fixer, Michael Cohen. These reimbursements were allegedly made to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, allegations he has consistently denied. The indictment represents the first-ever criminal charges against a former president.

While Trump remained silent during the courtroom proceedings, he expressed his frustration outside the courthouse, stating that the trial was a disgraceful situation and interfered with his campaign efforts. Despite his ongoing legal battles, Trump vowed to continue campaigning during the night while attending the trial during the day.

Trump’s hush money trial is not subject to a presidential pardon, unlike his federal criminal cases. This setback comes as a surprise to Trump, who has successfully delayed legal proceedings against him in the past. However, his success in other cases enabled the hush money trial to remain on track for the scheduled date.

The trial’s timing had been in question due to a potential conflict with another trial set in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan had previously indicated that she was in communication with Judge Juan Merchan, who presides over the hush money case, to resolve the conflict. However, Merchan made it clear during the hearing that the D.C. trial had been postponed due to Trump’s immunity fight reaching the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s ruling will determine when the D.C. trial can proceed.

During the hearing, Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, vehemently objected to the trial’s continuation, citing Trump’s primary calendar and claiming that such interference should not occur in the country. However, the judge dismissed the objection and adjourned the hearing, confirming the trial’s start date of March 25.

As Trump left the courtroom, a member of the public began clapping, but court officials quickly silenced him. This incident occurred after the same individual had witnessed a jury deliver an $83 million verdict in a recent defamation trial involving Trump.

Author: CrimeDoor

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