Updated Mar 25, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump hush money trial will begin April 15

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks during an awards ceremony held at the Trump International Golf Club on March 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Former President Trump speaks at the Trump International Golf Club on March 24 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The judge overseeing former President Trump's New York hush money case said Monday that jury selection in the case will begin on April 15.

Why it matters: The date cements that the case will be the first of Trump's four criminal indictments to go to trial, meaning the former president will face criminal prosecution as he campaigns for another term.

State of play: The trial, originally scheduled to begin on Monday, was delayed earlier this month until mid-April after federal prosecutors produced more than 100,000 documents that could be related to the case.

  • Judge Juan Merchan weighed during a hearing on Monday, with Trump present, whether to keep April 15 as the trial's tentative start date or push the proceeding back further.
  • Federal prosecutors turned over the documents after an investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer.

Zoom in: Trump, who has repeatedly sought to delay his legal troubles for as long as possible, requested that his New York criminal trial be delayed at least 90 days or dismissed completely.

  • Trump during a news conference on Monday criticized the judge's decision to keep the hearing on track for a mid-April start, saying "I don't know how you can have the trial that's going on right in the middle of an election."
  • "It's not fair," he said.

Catch up quick: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg last week urged Merchan to not delay the case any further, calling Trump's request a "strategic delay."

  • Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in the case, which stems from a 2016 payment he allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
  • He has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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

Editor's note: This story was updated with details from the hearing and comments from Trump.

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