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New York judge in hush-money trial rejects Trump's request for delay until after SCOTUS rules on immunity

Manhattan Judge Juan M. Merchan has rejected the former president’s bid for a delay in the hush money trial until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on his immunity claims in another case.

The New York judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial has rejected his bid for a delay until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue of presidential immunity. 

Manhattan Judge Juan M. Merchan deemed Trump’s request untimely, ruling that his lawyers had plenty of opportunities to raise the immunity issue before they did earlier this month. 

"This Court finds that Defendant had myriad opportunities to raise the claim of presidential immunity well before March 7, 2024," Merchan wrote, adding that Trump and his lawyers could have made the argument on September 29, 2023, which he says was just six days before he made the same presidential immunity argument in Special Counsel Jack Smith's investigation into Jan. 6 and election interference. 

The United States Supreme Court will consider the issue of presidential immunity in Smith's case on April 25. 

Merchan denied Trump's motion "in its entirety as untimely." 

"The Court declines to consider whether the doctrine of presidential immunity precludes the introduction of evidence of purported official presidential acts in a criminal proceeding," Merchan wrote. 


Lawyers for the presumptive Republican nominee had asked to adjourn the New York trial indefinitely until Trump's immunity claim in his Washington, D.C., election interference case is resolved.

Merchan previously chided Trump's lawyers for missing a filing deadline, waiting more than two weeks before jury selection to raise the immunity issue and failing to "explain the reason for the late filing."

Trump contends he is immune from prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office. His lawyers argue some of the evidence and alleged acts in the hush money case overlap with his time in the White House and constitute official acts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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