Mar 15, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Judge delays Trump New York hush money trial

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the stage a the conclusion of a campaign rally at the Forum River Center March 09, 2024 in Rome, Georgia

Former President Trump leaves a campaign rally at the Forum River Center March 9 in Rome, Georgia. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The judge overseeing former President Trump's New York criminal trial delayed the trial by at least 30 days from Friday, according to a court filing.

Why it matters: The trial, poised to be the first of Trump's four criminal cases to go to trial, will now begin in at least mid-April. The case was originally scheduled to begin March 25.

Driving the news: "There are significant questions of fact which this Court must resolve before it may rule on Defendant's motion," Judge Juan Merchan wrote in the Friday filing.

The big picture: The delay comes after the Manhattan District Attorney's office on Thursday said that it supported a 30-day delay in the case, following the production of tens of thousands of new records.

  • Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg wrote that he supports a delay "in an abundance of caution and to ensure that defendant has sufficient time to review the new materials."
  • Trump's legal team requested a delay of at least 90 days.
  • The New York judge set a hearing for March 25 on the discovery and timing of the case.

State of play: Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in the New York criminal trial.

  • Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
  • The former president and presumptive GOP nominee's legal team has repeatedly tried to delay his numerous cases until after the presidential election.

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