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New York judge refuses to dismiss Trump’s hush money case; Fani Willis faces misconduct hearing in Georgia – live | US politics

New York judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against Trump

Victoria Bekiempis

judge Juan Marchan Once the case began, he quickly got down to business, notifying the court that Trump’s case would move forward next month.

“Defendants’ motion to dismiss is denied,” Marchand said, indicating that a written decision is now available.

“The case is scheduled to proceed to jury selection on March 25,” Marchan said shortly afterward.

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Judge Juan Merchan got right to the point when proceedings kicked off, informing the court that Trump’s case will move forward next month.

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“Defendant’s motions to dismiss have been denied,” Merchan said, indicating that a written decision is now available.

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Merchan said shortly thereafter: “We’re moving ahead to jury selection on March 25.”

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There are potentially pivotal court hearings in two of Donald Trump’s criminal cases today, with the former US president expected to turn up to the proceedings in New York.

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That is the so-called hush money case, where he has been charged by the Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts related to the alleged falsification of business records as part of a purported scheme to cover up extramarital affairs. This conspiracy, in turn, was meant to influence the 2016 election, prosecutors said.

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Trump’s indictment in this case marks the first time in U.S. history that a former president has been charged with a crime. He pleaded not guilty.Hearings can be very quick as decisions are made by judges Juan Marchan This morning we discussed several issues, including President Trump’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Judge in Atlanta, Georgia Scott McAfee Fulton County prosecutors will investigate whether Trump and his allies had romantic relationships that would disqualify them from prosecuting him over his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election.

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One of President Trump’s co-defendants in this case, michael romanis seeking the appointment of Fulton County District Attorney. Fanny Willis and her chief of staff, Nathan Wadesays their relationship and related financial matters constitute a conflict of interest.

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Good morning, US politics live blog readers, it’s chiefly a tale of two Trump court cases today. There are hearings in the non-federal criminal cases – the New York hush money case and the Georgia election interference case. Donald Trump, the former US president and Republican frontrunner for the 2024 nomination, is expected to exercise his option to appear in court in Manhattan.

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Joe Biden, current US president and Democratic Party frontrunner for the 2024 nomination as he seeks a second term, has no events on his public schedule and will be in Washington, DC, presumably dealing with the Middle East crisis and domestic matters.

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The Senate is out today, the House of Representatives is in.

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Here’s what’s coming up:

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  • Donald Trump is expected to appear in Manhattan state court this morning for a hearing in his hush-money criminal case involving the adult film star Stormy Daniels and the playboy model Karen McDougal. There is no live stream from the court room. He is attending voluntarily and will sit at the defendant’s table. Hearing begins 9.30am ET.

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  • Judge Juan Merchan is expected to announce his decision on several issues, including the former US president’s motion to throw out the case. Merchan is also expected to announce whether Trump’s trial will start on 25 March. Should Trump’s trial begin on this date, it would be the first of four criminal cases against him to go before a jury.

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  • Judge Scott McAfee, presiding in Atlanta, Georgia, will examine whether Fulton county prosecutors charging Donald Trump and his allies over efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia had improper romantic relations that merit being disqualified from bringing the case. We plan to bring you a live feed. The hearing is due to begin at 9.30am ET and last two days.

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  • The prosecutors, Fulton county district attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade risk being disqualified from the case as a result of their relationship because it constituted a conflict of interest, accusers say, while they say there is no conflict. Trump’s co-defendant in the case, Michael Roman, first raised the issue of their relationship, which has prompted the pivotal hearing.

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  • Special Counsel Jack Smith, prosecuting Donald Trump on federal charges involving the former president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, last night urged the US supreme court to reject Trump’s bid to further delay trial proceedings as he presses his claim of immunity. If the justices do not immediately reject Trump’s request Smith asked the court to take up the case and hear it on a fast-track basis.

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important events

The hush money case hearing in New York, which President Trump is attending, is stalling. There is no live streaming to the outside world, so we rely on reporters to broadcast highlights from the courtroom.

The trial in the election interference case is expected to last two days, with a line-up of lawyers, multiple witnesses called and the public expected to move at a snail’s pace.

Victoria Bekiempis sent the following message from the courtroom to New York’s Guardian newspaper:

during the trial period [March 25} seemed open and shut for Judge Juan Merchan, Trump’s team nevertheless fought his scheduling decision, claiming it violated Trump’s rights.

Trump attorney Todd Blanche pointed to the ex-president’s classified documents case in Florida, which is expected to start in May. Trump couldn’t possibly prepare for that trial, Blanche argued, if he’s present for the Manhattan case.

“That is an constitutional violation in our view, judge,” Blanche said of Trump being unable to prepare for his defense, later saying, “It’s truly an impossible position for anyone to be in.”

Donald Trump appears during a court hearing on charges of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment to a porn star before the 2016 election, in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City today. Here he consults with a lawyer, while sitting at the defense table. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The judge in the New York case, Juan Merchan, has issued a 30-page written decision to accompany the announcement he just made in court that he has denied Donald Trump’s request to dismiss the hush money case.

Trump originally turned himself in last April, sparking an extraordinary scene in New York that marked the first time in American history a former US president had faced criminal charges.

Trump had earlier been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury. he has cast himself as a “completely innocent person” and has repeatedly denounced the charges, as he did again today, as part of a broader conspiracy designed by Democrats to damage his political prospects. Prosecutors say the case against Trump has nothing to do with politics.

The grand jury heard evidence related to a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, who says she had an extra-marital affair with Trump in 2006, something the former president has denied. Also to a payment to Karen McDougal.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, made the payment during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from going public about alleged affairs. He was later reimbursed by Trump, by then the president.

The payments to Cohen were recorded by the Trump Organization as legal expenses. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal tax evasion and campaign-finance violation charges. Trump denies all the charges.

The criminal case against Donald Trump in New York will now be the first of the four the former president is facing to go to trial.

The trial is due to begin in Manhattan on March 25. The federal election interference case against Trump had been slated to go first, beginning on March 4, but that has been delayed.

Trump admitted, upon arriving in court in New York today, that delaying cases was his strategy and his aim in the hush money case.

Trump is also indicted in Georgia on a state election interference case, where there’s a hearing this morning. And in a federal case being heard in Florida related to accusations that he illegally retained classified documents after leaving the office of the presidency and obstructing justice in trying to hide some of the material after the government had asked for it back.

Judge in New York refuses to dismiss case against Trump

Victoria Bekiempis

Victoria Bekiempis

Judge Juan Merchan got right to the point when proceedings kicked off, informing the court that Trump’s case will move forward next month.

“Defendant’s motions to dismiss have been denied,” Merchan said, indicating that a written decision is now available.

Merchan said shortly thereafter: “We’re moving ahead to jury selection on March 25.”

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The hearing in Atlanta, Georgia, is underway. The lawyers for the multiple defendants remaining in the election interference case are introducing themselves.

In New York Trump has walked into the court room in person to listen to the hearing there.

Former US President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on February 15, 2024. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The Guardian has reporters in court for the hearings in both cases and, as well as this live blog, we’ll be bringing you stories with news highlights and analysis as the day unfolds.

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Trump is saying he should be out on the election campaign trail, not in a court room in New York.

He said he should be doing an event in South Carolina instead, where the Republican primary is being held on Saturday, February 24.

But Trump is not obliged to be in court today, he’s turned up for the hearing voluntarily. He could be in South Carolina if he so chose.

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“This is not a crime,” Donald Trump just said as he arrived for the court hearing in New York, about his hush money criminal case.

The former US president says: “This is a terrible time for this country, it’s a dark time.”

He says the streets are where the crime is. “The streets are so different from when I left New York, it’s dirty and it’s crime ridden…[but the criminal case] It’s just a way to hurt me in the election. ”

President Trump says he will say more later. “Obviously we want a delay.”

Donald Trump reportedly arrived at the Manhattan courthouse for a hearing in his criminal case. No audio or video will be played to the public from the courtroom during the proceedings.

But a camera is streaming from the hallway near the court. Journalists and security officials are watching Trump as he arrives at the hearing and, in some cases, waiting for him to speak.

The former president is not required to attend this hearing, but has chosen to appear in court, as he has done in other recent criminal and civil proceedings.

Two important hearings in President Trump’s criminal cases will be held in New York and Georgia

Important court hearings could be held in two of the locations. donald trumpThe criminal proceedings will be held today, and the former US president is expected to appear in the proceedings in New York.

It was a so-called hush money case, and he was prosecuted by the Manhattan district attorney. Alvin Bragg The 34 counts relate to alleged falsification of business records as part of a scheme to conceal an extramarital affair. Prosecutors said the plot was aimed at influencing the 2016 election.

District Attorney Alvin Bragg attended an unrelated press conference in New York last month. Photo: Edna Leshowitz/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Trump’s indictment in this case marks the first time in U.S. history that a former president has been charged with a crime. He pleaded not guilty.Hearings can be very quick as decisions are made by judges Juan Marchan This morning we discussed several issues, including President Trump’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Judge in Atlanta, Georgia Scott McAfee Fulton County prosecutors will investigate whether Trump and his allies had romantic relationships that would disqualify them from prosecuting him over his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election.

One of President Trump’s co-defendants in this case, michael romanis seeking the appointment of Fulton County District Attorney. Fanny Willis and her chief of staff, Nathan Wadesays their relationship and related financial matters constitute a conflict of interest.

FILE – Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis, followed by special prosecutor Nathan Wade, took office last summer. Photo: John Bazemore/AP

Update date and time

Victoria Bekiempis

Victoria Bekiempis

In New York City, the state courthouse at 100 Center Street in downtown Manhattan is buzzing with activity as Donald Trump arrives for proceedings in his hush money case.

Dozens of journalists lined up across the street early this morning, standing in subzero temperatures under blue skies and sunshine.

They are all waiting to get seats inside the courtroom or in the overflow viewing room.

Trump was indicted in Manhattan Supreme Court on charges that he falsified business records related to his alleged paychecks to cover up an extramarital affair involving an adult film star before the 2016 election. stormy daniels. Mr. Trump denies her charges, and she also denies that she ever had sex with Mr. Daniels while they were married. melania trump.

The judge in this case was Juan Marchanis scheduled to make a decision during today’s hearing regarding, among other things, President Trump’s push to dismiss the lawsuit.

Composite image from File: Stormy Daniels in Berlin, October 11, 2018. Donald Trump campaign in Conway, South Carolina, February 10, 2024. Composite: AP

President Trump to attend hush money lawsuit in New York amid trial to assess prosecutorial integrity in Georgia election case

Good morning, readers of the US Politics Live Blog. Today we’re mainly talking about Trump’s two trials. Hearings are being held in non-federal criminal cases, including the New York hush money case and the Georgia election interference case. donald trumpThe former US president and top Republican candidate for the 2024 nomination is expected to exercise his option to appear in a Manhattan courtroom.

joe bidenthe current U.S. president and front-runner for the 2024 Democratic nomination who is seeking a second term, has no events on his public schedule and is likely in Washington, D.C., to deal with the Middle East crisis and domestic issues. It is expected to be.

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Future plans include:

  • donald trump He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan state court this morning for a hearing in a hush money criminal case involving an adult film star. stormy daniels and playboy model Karen McDougall. There will be no live streaming from the courtroom. He is present voluntarily and will sit in the defendant’s chair. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. ET.

  • Judge Juan Melchan He is expected to announce decisions on several issues, including the former US president’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Marchand is also expected to announce whether Trump’s trial will begin on March 25. If Mr. Trump’s trial begins today, it will be the first of four criminal cases against him to go before a jury.

  • Judge Scott McAfeeThe court, chaired in Atlanta, Georgia, disbarred the Fulton County prosecutor prosecuting Donald Trump and his allies over efforts to overturn the 2020 Georgia election. An investigation is planned to determine whether he had an inappropriate romantic relationship that warranted his death. We are planning to deliver live footage. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET and last for two days.

  • prosecutorFulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade The accusers say they risk being disbarred from the case as a result of their relationship because it constitutes a conflict of interest, while others say there is no conflict of interest. Trump’s co-defendant in the case, Michael Roman, first raised the issue of their relationship, which led to the pivotal hearing.

  • special prosecutor jack smithThe U.S. Supreme Court last night sought to further delay Trump’s immunity trial, indicting him on federal charges related to the former president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss. He urged Trump to reject his proposal to do so. If the justices do not immediately deny Trump’s request, Smith asked the court to take up the case and try it quickly.

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