Trump sues judge in ‘hush money’ trial in effort to delay, seeks to lift gag order

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Former President Donald Trump is again seeking to delay the start of the trial in his criminal case in New York, this time suing the judge just a week before jury selection is scheduled to take place. scheduled to start.

In a pair of sealed filings on Monday, Trump asked an appeals court for a change of venue in the case and a stay of a silence order That prevents Trump from commenting publicly on, among others, the judge’s daughter, who works for a Democratic-aligned consulting firm, according to a source familiar with the documents.

The documents are not public, but in an online judicial database they appear under the headings “change of jurisdiction” and “suspension.” Documents for an appeal related to a criminal proceeding are initially sealed while they are reviewed for confidential information.

The trial has been delayed late once before, from March 25 to April 15, after Trump’s lawyers complained that evidence related to the case was turned over late after they subpoenaed the federal Justice Department for documents related to the case. Trump’s lawyers blamed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for the matter, but Judge Juan Merchan concluded that Bragg’s office was not at fault.

At a hearing on March 25, he rejected Trump’s request to further delay the trial.

Trump’s lawyers have previously argued that he cannot get a fair trial in Manhattanciting a survey they commissioned of 2,000 New Yorkers, which they said showed that preference for Trump is much higher among residents outside of New York City.

Trump has also criticized the gag order in the case, which hampered a near-daily barrage of social media posts claiming Merchan was biased because of her daughter’s work. He has sought out Merchan’s twice. recusal of the case, an effort that was first rejected in 2023, when Merchan cited a state ethics panel review that concluded he was not ethically compromised.

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