Manhattan Prosecutors Open to Delaying Trump’s Criminal Trial for Up to 30 Days

Manhattan Prosecutors Open to Delaying Trump’s Criminal Trial for Up to 30 Days

Manhattan prosecutors have announced their willingness to delay the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump for up to 30 days. The trial, which was scheduled to commence on March 25, involves charges related to hush money payments made by Trump to adult performer Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors have agreed to the delay to allow Trump’s legal team to review newly obtained evidence from a previous federal investigation into the matter.

Trump, who has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records, is accused of concealing his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Daniels in order to maintain her silence about an alleged sexual encounter they had a decade earlier, just before the 2016 election. In a recent filing, Trump’s lawyers stated that they required additional time to review thousands of pages of documents received from the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan, which had previously investigated Cohen’s payment.

This potential delay marks another victory for Trump, who has consistently sought to slow down legal proceedings in his various legal entanglements. The Manhattan hush money case is the first of four criminal cases against Trump that is set to reach trial. While the other cases do not have firm trial dates, any delay to the New York trial could complicate their scheduling.

Trump’s legal team has argued that Cohen paid off Daniels to protect Trump’s family from embarrassment, rather than to enhance his electoral chances, as alleged by prosecutors. They have requested a 90-day delay to the trial and have also urged Justice Juan Merchan to consider dismissing the indictment altogether, citing evidence from federal prosecutors that undermines the district attorney’s arguments. Merchan, who would need to approve any delay, has not yet announced a ruling date.

Trump’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, wrote in the filing, “The statements demonstrate that Cohen did not seek to be, and was not, acting for the benefit of President Trump’s campaign.” However, the specific statements referred to by Blanche were redacted.

Cohen had previously pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges of violating campaign finance law through the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The US Attorney’s office in Manhattan did not charge Trump in that case.

Earlier this week, Trump requested a postponement of the trial until the US Supreme Court concludes its review of his claim of presidential immunity in his federal criminal case related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results against President Joe Biden. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear these arguments on April 25. If a 30-day delay is granted for the hush money trial, it would commence during the same week, a little over six months before Election Day.

Author: CrimeDoor

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