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 March 13, 2024

Trump attorneys submit motion on hush money payments in Bragg case

On Monday, attorneys for former President Trump submitted a motion to postpone the trial concerning the hush money payments-related charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg until the Supreme Court renders a decision on presidential immunity.

The trial is scheduled to commence with jury selection in New York City on March 25, as Fox News reported.

However, the attorneys for the former president and presumed Republican nominee in 2024 have requested that the trial be halted.

"The Court should adjourn the trial pending Supreme Court review of the scope of the presidential immunity doctrine in Trump v. United States, which is scheduled to be argued before the Supreme Court on April 25, 2024," the motion states.

The motion also suggested that it be moved forward "following an evidentiary hearing outside the presence of the jury, preclude evidence of President Trump’s official acts at trial based on presidential immunity."

The petition is in response to Judge Juan Merchan's March 25 jury selection deadline and six-week trial schedule announcement.

Trump pled not guilty with regard to all allegations. Merchan denied Trump and his counsel's request to have the case dismissed in its entirety one month ago.

The motion comes after Judge Juan Merchan set March 25 for jury selection and announced that the trial is expected to last six weeks.

Trump was charged with 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records by Bragg in April and the former president has pled not guilty with regard to all allegations.

Merchan denied Trump and his counsel's request to have the case dismissed in its entirety one month ago.

Bragg claimed that Trump "repeatedly and fraudulently falsified New York business records to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 presidential election."

Alleged hush money payments made throughout the 2016 presidential campaign are the subject of the allegations.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York declined to file charges against Trump in 2019 in connection with the alleged payments he extended to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Additionally, in 2021, the Federal Election Commission terminated its investigation into the subject.

The outstanding issue before the Supreme Court was precipitated by Trump's appeal, which was subsequent to the charges levied in the election interference case ledger by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The former president has consistently asserted that the cases pending against him are due to his current traction in his presidential campaign against current President Joe Biden.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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