Trump Faces Crucial Week in New York Courts with Hush Money and Fraud Cases

Former President Donald Trump is set to face a pivotal week in New York courts, as he confronts a hearing in the Manhattan District Attorney’s “hush money” criminal case and awaits a potentially devastating ruling in a $370 million fraud suit. The events unfolding in the coming days could have significant implications for Trump’s political ambitions and financial standing.

On Thursday, Trump is required to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court before Justice Juan Merchan, who will address any remaining pretrial matters and confirm the trial’s scheduled start next month. If the trial commences on March 25, it will mark the first of four criminal cases against the former president, who is eyeing a return to the White House in November while facing the looming threat of imprisonment.

Simultaneously, a highly anticipated decision is expected to be handed down by Justice Arthur Engoron in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil case. The case accuses Trump of inflating his net worth by billions annually to secure more favorable loan and insurance terms. This ruling, which could have far-reaching consequences for Trump’s business empire and financial well-being, follows three months of testimony heard during a non-jury trial in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court last year. Trump, along with his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., and daughter Ivanka, testified during the trial.

Trump has not appeared in court for the Manhattan criminal case since his arraignment in April on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges, which stem from allegations of directing “hush money” payments, including to former porn star Stormy Daniels, to silence claims of extramarital affairs during the 2016 presidential election. In addition to potential imprisonment in this case, Trump also faces criminal charges in Georgia, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

In the Georgia election fraud case, hearings are scheduled for both Thursday and Friday, although Trump is not expected to attend. Trump’s co-defendant, Mike Roman, will call witnesses, potentially including embattled Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and lead Trump prosecutor Nathan Wade. Roman seeks to dismiss the charges against him or have Willis removed from the case, citing her admitted relationship with Wade. Trump and most of the other defendants in the Georgia case have joined Roman’s motion, alleging that Willis improperly benefited financially from appointing Wade to the investigation.

Throughout these legal battles, Trump has consistently maintained his innocence, characterizing the cases as part of a political witch hunt orchestrated by President Biden and the left to undermine him. He has repeatedly criticized the Democratic prosecutors involved, including Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, James, and Willis. In a recent post on his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump accused Biden of illegally weaponizing the Department of Justice, FBI, and local prosecutors against him.

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