Judge Denies Trump’s Request to Delay Hush-Money Trial Amid Supreme Court Battle

In a recent ruling, a judge dismissed 's eleventh-hour bid to postpone his hush-money trial until the U.S. resolves his claim of presidential immunity in a separate case.

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Overseeing Trump's criminal proceedings in New York, Judge Juan Merchan rebuffed Trump's plea to defer the commencement, slated for April 15, until the Supreme Court deliberates on Trump's federal criminal case concerning in Washington D.C. Though the Supreme Court might entertain arguments on this matter later this month, a verdict is unlikely before June.

Merchan criticized Trump's attorneys for the timing of their request, branding it as “untimely.”

“The court deems the defendant had ample opportunities to present the claim of presidential immunity well before March 7, 2024,” Merchan wrote in his ruling.

“He could have done so within his comprehensive motions on September 29, 2023, which were lodged just six days before he briefed the same matter in his Federal Insurrection Matter. This comes months after his motion for removal to federal court on May 4, 2023.”

Additionally, Trump sought to bar any official communications from his tenure in the White House from being admitted as evidence in his Manhattan case. His legal team contended that some of the evidence overlaps with his presidential term, constituting constitutional acts.

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Merchan asserted he is not obligated to entertain whether Trump's alleged presidential immunity would hinder the admission of certain evidence.

The specifics of Trump's referenced communications remain unclear, as the purported payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels predate the 2016 election.

Trump faces charges related to reimbursement payments made to his former attorney, Michael Cohen, who had paid the adult film star. Trump denies any wrongdoing and pleads not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records.

On a separate note, Judge Merchan extended a gag order against Trump on Monday, following the former president's persistent online mentions of the judge's daughter.

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