Updated Mar 14, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Prosecutors support 30-day delay in Trump's New York criminal trial

Former US President Donald Trump departs after speaking during a "Get Out The Vote" rally at the Forum River Center in Rome, Georgia, US, on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Former President Trump departs after speaking during a rally at the Forum River Center in Rome, Georgia, on March 9. Photo: Christian Monterrosa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Manhattan District Attorney's office said Thursday that it does not oppose a 30-day delay in former President Trump's New York criminal trial, because of the production of thousands of new records.

Why it matters: The filing comes less than two weeks before the criminal trial on a 2016 hush money payment is scheduled to begin, and could mark the latest delay in proceedings for one of the former president's legal troubles.

  • Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has repeatedly fought to delay his proceedings across his cases until after the 2024 election.
  • The New York criminal trial, set to begin on March 25, is poised to be the first of Trump's four criminal cases to go to trial.

Driving the news: "Although the People are prepared to proceed to trial on March 25, we do not oppose an adjournment in an abundance of caution and to ensure that defendant has sufficient time to review the new materials," Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg wrote in the Thursday filing.

  • Bragg said the U.S. Attorney's Office "produced approximately 31,000 pages of additional records" on Wednesday "and represented that there will be another production of documents by next week."
  • "We note that the timing of the current production of additional materials from the [U.S. Attorney's Office] is a function of [the] defendant's own delay."

The big picture: Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in the New York criminal trial.

  • Trump's legal team in a filing earlier this week requested a delay in the New York criminal trial until after the Supreme Court weighs in on whether he has immunity in his separate federal 2020 election trial.

Go deeper: Trump trials timeline: Jan. 6, Georgia and docs cases all in limbo

Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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