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 October 8, 2023

DOJ's timing of Trump trials 'violating' justice manual

A former Justice Department official claims the agency is "flagrantly" violating its own justice manual in the timing of former President Donald Trump's indictments and trials.

Gene Hamilton, the former DOJ official, noted the concerns in a recent panel discussion.

The rules

In determining whether to commence or recommend prosecution or take other action against a person, the attorney for the government may not be influenced by the person’s race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or political association, activities or beliefs," Hamilton noted.

“In addition, federal prosecutors and agents may never, never make a decision regarding an investigation or prosecution or select the timing of investigative steps or criminal charges for the purpose of affecting any election or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party," he continued.

Delay rejected

The report comes as a delay was rejected on Friday over Trump's New York fraud case.

"Judge Peter Moulton has denied former President Donald Trump's request to pause his civil fraud trial pending an appeal of a previous ruling by Judge Arthur Engoron," Fox News reported.

"Trump's attorney, Chris Kise, called Engoron's ruling last week that Trump committed fraud while building his real estate empire "an avalanche of error," and said there was no evidence of wrongdoing," it added.

Other cases too

Trump's lawyers are also trying to delay other cases during the election season, including in his Mar-a-Lago classified documents case.

"Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are asking to delay his May trial in the case involving his alleged mishandling of sensitive government documents until after the 2024 presidential election," CBS News reported.

Trump also faces upcoming court cases in Georgia and Washington. In Georgia, the initial trial date has been set just days ahead of the state's primary vote, with many sounding alarm over the politically motivated timing.

The latest issues have yet to hurt Trump's poll numbers, however, as he continues to lead other GOP contenders and is polling well nationally in a potential rematch against President Joe Biden.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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