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Trump’s First Criminal Trial Set for April 15 Amidst Historic Legal Challenges

Trump’s First Criminal Trial Set for April 15 Amidst Historic Legal Challenges
Politico

In an unprecedented moment in American history, former President Donald Trump is set to face his first criminal trial on April 15. The trial, which has garnered national attention, centers on allegations of a hush-money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election campaign.

The case, which will be heard in New York, marks the first time a former U.S. president will be criminally prosecuted.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on the set date, following a ruling by New York Judge Juan M. Merchan, who rejected arguments from Trump’s legal team seeking to delay the trial due to the late release of over 100,000 pages of potential evidence.

The charges allege that Trump falsified business records to cover up the payment, which was made in the final weeks of his presidential campaign.

This payment, according to prosecutors, was intended to silence Daniels' claims of a sexual encounter with Trump³.

Trump has vehemently denied the allegations, labeling the case as "a witch hunt" and "a hoax."

He has also indicated plans to appeal the judge’s decision to start the trial in April, a move that could potentially delay proceedings.

The trial is one of several legal challenges the former president faces, and it is the only one with a trial date already set.

Legal experts have suggested that this case could be the most likely of Trump’s pending legal issues to result in a felony conviction before the November election.

As the nation watches closely, the outcome of this trial could have significant implications not only for Trump but also for the broader political landscape as the country approaches the midterm elections.