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Trump’s Request To Attend SCOTUS Presidential Immunity Hearings Summarily Denied

In a pivotal ruling on Monday, a New York judge overseeing Donald Trump’s ongoing hush money trial denied the former president’s request to attend an upcoming Supreme Court hearing on presidential immunity. 

The decision marks a significant moment in Trump’s legal battles and emphasizes the gravity of the trial proceedings in Manhattan.

Judge Juan Merchan clarified the importance of Trump’s presence at his criminal trial in New York, prioritizing it over his desire to participate in a separate legal battle at the Supreme Court. 

This decision underscores the trial’s significance, likened by the judge to be as consequential as proceedings at the nation’s highest court.

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Trump’s legal team requested permission for him to be absent from the trial to attend the Supreme Court arguments scheduled for April 25. 

This request was part of Trump’s broader effort to claim presidential immunity in his federal cases. 

However, Judge Merchan dismissed the request, emphasizing the necessity of Trump’s attendance at his own trial.

The issue of Trump attending his son Barron’s high school graduation in May was also brought up in court. 

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While Judge Merchan did not provide a definitive ruling on this matter, his stance on the Supreme Court hearing suggests a likely similar outcome for any requests involving trial absences.

Following the ruling, Trump expressed frustration, suggesting that the judge’s decision implied a superiority over the Supreme Court. 

He criticized the trial as a “scam,” vocalizing disappointment particularly in relation to potentially missing his son’s graduation.

Trump also called out Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for being present at the trial, saying that the DA should rather be addressing crime in New York City where people “mugged and killed all day long,” hinting at a misplacement of priorities.

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Trump faces multiple counts of manipulating business records in order to hide hush money payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. 

The trial’s outcome could significantly impact Trump’s political and personal future.

Jury selection is anticipated to be a lengthy process, reflecting the trial’s high profile and the complexities involved in selecting an impartial jury. 

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The process will resume on Tuesday, continuing to draw national attention to this unprecedented legal battle involving a former U.S. president.

As the trial progresses, all eyes will remain on the New York courtroom where Trump’s legal fate over alleged past misdemeanors will be decided, even as he navigates other significant legal challenges on multiple fronts. 

The decision to keep him bound to his trial during critical moments highlights the judicial system’s rigorous expectations, even for figures of Trump’s stature.

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