Trump loses late bid to delay New York hush money trial

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after attending a wake for New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Jonathan Diller, who was shot and killed while making a routine traffic stop on March 25 in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, in Massapequa Park, New York, U.S., March 28, 2024. 

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

A judge on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch effort by former president Donald Trump to delay his hush money trial scheduled to begin later this month in New York.

Trump had asked Judge Juan Merchan to postpone the trial until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on where he has presidential immunity in another criminal case in Washington, D.C. federal court, which is related to his efforts to reverse President Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 election.

Merchan, in shooting down that request, said Trump had “myriad opportunities” to make an argument that he was immune in the hush money case before March 7, when his attorneys first raised that claim.

Trump is charged in the Manhattan Supreme Court case with falsifying business records related to a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. He has pleaded not guilty to multiple felony counts.

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