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Trump Attempts To Delay New York Hush Money Trial by Suing the Judge

In a pivotal pre-trial maneuver, Donald Trump’s latest effort to delay his upcoming hush money trial in New York was thwarted by a state appeals court. 

This marks a significant setback as Trump grapples with legal challenges on multiple fronts.

Trump has taken the unusual step of filing a lawsuit against New York Justice Juan Merchan, who is presiding over his case. 

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Merchan recently implemented a gag order to prevent public attacks on legal personnel and their families, a move Trump is now contesting in court.

The dispute over the gag order is set for a rapid confrontation, with the appeals court scheduled to hear arguments. 

This legal provision aims to curb Trump’s public criticisms related to the trial proceedings.

Amidst his legal strategies, Trump’s team has also sought to move the trial out of Manhattan, citing potential juror bias against him in the famously liberal stronghold. 

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However, this plea was also denied by the court.

Trump faces accusations from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office that he falsified business records to cover up hush money payments, facilitated by his former lawyer Michael Cohen. 

These alleged actions were purportedly aimed at suppressing damaging narratives during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Michael Cohen, once Trump’s attorney and fixer, may play a central role in the trial as a witness. 

Cohen has claimed that Trump directed him to mislabel payments, which were meant to silence allegations of Trump’s extramarital encounters, as legal expenses.

The District Attorney’s office has dismissed Trump’s recent legal motions as mere tactics to delay the inevitable proceedings. 

They argue that these efforts undermine the judicial process by attempting to discredit the court’s integrity.

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Trump’s litigation extends beyond the immediate case, mirroring actions he took last year when he unsuccessfully challenged similar restrictions in a civil fraud case. 

These legal battles highlight ongoing tensions between Trump’s public persona and judicial constraints.

Set against a backdrop of intense scrutiny, the trial is scheduled to commence on April 15. 

It represents a critical juncture in Trump’s post-presidency life, as he navigates the complexities of being a former president accused of serious criminal conduct.

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Despite the legal entanglements, Trump continues to air his grievances and theories about the trial’s fairness on social platforms, suggesting alternative trial venues and criticizing the media’s coverage of his legal challenges.

As the date approaches, the legal and public drama continues to unfold, setting the stage for what could be one of the most closely watched trials in recent history. 

The outcomes of these preliminary battles may set precedents for Trump’s other pending cases and potentially reshape his political future.

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