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Trump is furious his 'Stormy Daniels' trial will begin during Presidential Primaries

Donald Trump threw his hands in the air in fury during a virtual appearance in a Manhattan court on Tuesday as a judge scheduled the Stormy Daniels 'hush money' criminal trial for March 25, 2024.

It means the former president will be in a Manhattan courtroom for weeks in the middle of the Republican primaries and just months before the presidential election.

Trump, 76, scowled into the camera during a Zoom appearance as Judge Juan Merchan told him to cancel all commitments during the trial and put a protective order in place banning him from sharing evidence in public.

He made the appearance as it was revealed his main rival in the GOP race, Ron DeSantis, would formally announce he is running for President in a Twitter Spaces on Wednesday night.

A visibly-irritated Trump, wearing a blue suit against a backdrop of American flags at his Mar-a-Lago estate, turned to his lawyer during the appearance

'President Trump is running for President of the United States and is the leading contender,' his attorney Todd Blanche told the judge. 'He is very much concerned that his 1st Amendment rights are being violated.'

The charges are related to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock; $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a $130,000 payment to Daniels.

Trump had pleaded not guilty last month to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records at his family company, the Trump Organization.

Trump denies having had extramarital flings and says the prosecution is politically motivated.

Trump has made the New York case and the long list of other investigations he faces central to his campaign to get back in the White House.

He claims it is all part of a wide-ranging 'witch-hunt' from political opponents to stop him from reclaiming the Oval Office.

Trump often discusses the cases at his rallies and in other speeches, and has repeatedly attacked prosecutors and judges by name.

At Tuesday's hearing, Merchan reviewed an order barring Trump from publicly disseminating certain evidence turned over by prosecutors.

Merchan insisted that it was not a 'gag order'.

'It's certainly not a gag order and it's not my intention to impede Mr. Trump to campaign for president,' Merchan said. 'He's free to do just about anything that does not violate the terms of this protective order.'

The order stops Trump from publicly sharing evidence his defense team receives during the proceedings.

Trump is allowed to speak publicly about the criminal case, according to Merchan´s order, but he risks being held in contempt if he uses evidence turned over by prosecutors in the pretrial discovery process to target witnesses or others involved in the case.

Trump was spared a personal appearance at the courthouse, avoiding the mammoth security and logistical challenges that accompanied his arraignment last month. Instead, the Republican was connected by video conference, with his face beamed onto courtroom TV monitors.

Merchan´s protective order bars Trump and his lawyers from disseminating evidence to third parties or posting it to social media, and it requires that certain sensitive material shared by prosecutors be kept only by Trump´s lawyers, not Trump himself.

Prosecutors sought the order soon after Trump´s arrest, citing what they say is his history of making 'harassing, embarrassing, and threatening statements' about people he´s tangled with in legal disputes.

Merchan, noting Trump´s 'special' status as a former president and current candidate, has made clear that the protective order shouldn´t be construed as a gag order and that Trump has a right to publicly defend himself.

Trump´s lawyers are seeking to have his criminal case moved to federal court. It will continue in state court while that plays out.

by Anonymousreply 35May 24, 2023 4:34 PM

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by Anonymousreply 1May 23, 2023 8:25 PM

Keep your dick in your pants and you won't have to show up in a courtroom at an inconvenient time for you, asshole.

by Anonymousreply 2May 23, 2023 8:41 PM

And if he can't keep his dick in his pants, he needs to keep his money in his wallet and his wallet in his pocket. This is what REALLY got him into trouble.

by Anonymousreply 3May 23, 2023 8:46 PM

Did his lawyers delay proceedings in any way? Stall discovery?

by Anonymousreply 4May 23, 2023 9:20 PM

Mark my words - his trial during next year's primaries will only HELP him in the long run. He will spin this to make the news every day and gain pity with Republican primary voters.

by Anonymousreply 5May 23, 2023 9:26 PM

Stormy's revenge. Suck it, Trump.

by Anonymousreply 6May 23, 2023 9:30 PM

Trump has used every lever available to him (and even a few not) to deny, delay, and obstruct this investigation and case. It is a sign of the strength of the American judicial system that he is —finally — being held to account and the Court is not allowing further shenanigans.

That said, this case is the least of Trump's legal worries. And he said it himself: he'll spend the rest of his life fighting in the courts, hopefully from prison with a backdrop of bars and dirty concrete instead of Old Glory.

by Anonymousreply 7May 23, 2023 9:40 PM

How long will it take Trump to violate the not-gag order?

by Anonymousreply 8May 23, 2023 10:22 PM

All they’ll do is fine him r8. They’ll never haul him to jail.

by Anonymousreply 9May 23, 2023 10:30 PM

[quote]He will spin this to make the news every day and gain pity with Republican primary voters.

Do you REALLY think that this will get him voters/supports that he didn't already have? Bear in mind that all of the dirt they have on him is going to come out during the trial. MAGATs won't give a shit but others may not be so sure.

by Anonymousreply 10May 23, 2023 11:19 PM

I love that the time feels "inconvenient" to this fat, orange gasbag.

Look asshole. You are complicit in hundreds of thousands of deaths of Americans from COVID and you tried to stage a violent and illegal coup, to over throw a fairly elected president and government.

Shut. The. Fuck. Up. You. Fat. Traitor. Cunt.

by Anonymousreply 11May 23, 2023 11:35 PM

Why is the trial delayed for 10 months? Trump could be President again before a verdict is handed down, and because of the DOJ’s written policy, the trial will stop because he will be immune from sentencing. All his other indictments and any other trials will also terminate. I feel that “time is of the essence,” but the legal system doesn’t seem to think so.

by Anonymousreply 12May 23, 2023 11:35 PM

This does my heart good

by Anonymousreply 13May 23, 2023 11:36 PM

Inconvenient. Gosh, that's a shame. Republicans thought that was fun when Clinton was sued during his presidency. I can't seem to find any sympathy now.

by Anonymousreply 14May 24, 2023 3:48 AM

“More more more… how do you do like it? how do you like it? More more more…”

by Anonymousreply 15May 24, 2023 3:49 AM

[quote] It means the former president will be in a Manhattan courtroom for weeks in the middle of the Republican primaries and just months before the presidential election.

He didn’t show up for the civil case he lost with E. Jean Carroll… does he have to appear in court for this one?

by Anonymousreply 16May 24, 2023 5:38 AM

R16, yes, it is a criminal trial, not a civil trial, so he must appear before the court.

by Anonymousreply 17May 24, 2023 8:27 AM

Hahahahaha gasp hahaha haha. Trumplepigskin can suffer!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 18May 24, 2023 8:39 AM

"President Trump is running for President of the United States and is the leading contender." - Trump's lawyer

Above quite reminds me of:

"I still am the top model in the country." - Dawn Davenport

by Anonymousreply 19May 24, 2023 9:21 AM

Only today's scumbag REPUBLICAN would consider this p.o.s. a frontrunner.

I would have secondhand embarrassment for them, but they don't deserve any emotion from me other than rage and disgust.

by Anonymousreply 20May 24, 2023 10:27 AM

That's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 21May 24, 2023 10:29 AM

[quote] How long will it take Trump to violate the not-gag order?

The what?

by Anonymousreply 22May 24, 2023 10:44 AM

Dump deep throats?

by Anonymousreply 23May 24, 2023 10:48 AM

Trump can choke on it all the way to his grave, which cannot come soon enough. He's a Dirty Rotten Stinkin Filthy Rancid Putrid Lowlife Scumbag Bastard from the Bowels of Hell that needs to be scraped from the bottom of a shoe, thrown into a raging inferno, and burned for all eternity... :-/

by Anonymousreply 24May 24, 2023 10:53 AM

We're having another one of these?

by Anonymousreply 25May 24, 2023 10:54 AM

Thoughts and prayers for Trump.

Reporters who were in the courtroom said Trump and his attorney appeared on satellite TV - Trump was muted, but was angry with the decision. It appeared he turned to his lawyer and was arguing and yelling at him - the lawyer looked visibly shaken.

by Anonymousreply 26May 24, 2023 2:59 PM

In the lawyer's defense, Trump is infamous for shitting himself when he's raging, so the smell must have been toxic.

by Anonymousreply 27May 24, 2023 3:26 PM

WHy the fuck is it taking four years to prosecute this fuck?

by Anonymousreply 28May 24, 2023 3:37 PM

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Maybe not, asshole. Maybe not. But the sane have it in for you. Your days are numbered and you will never see the inside of the oval office again.

by Anonymousreply 29May 24, 2023 3:45 PM

R12, in part because of COVID, there was a backlog of criminal trials already scheduled. Trump can’t just jump the line.

by Anonymousreply 30May 24, 2023 4:01 PM

The NY case, the GA case, The civil trial...the recommendation from the Jan 6th panel - r30 but they have prosecuted most of the Jan 6th people...so that does not make sense. WHy the fuck has Georgia not hauled his ass into court for election tampering?

by Anonymousreply 31May 24, 2023 4:02 PM

Fani gave us the timeline, r31, haven't you been paying attention?

by Anonymousreply 32May 24, 2023 4:04 PM

Ha ha! He mad.

by Anonymousreply 33May 24, 2023 4:08 PM

R28 The prosecutors have to make sure their case is air-tight and concrete before they take it to trial. There's no room for mishaps or mistakes where there could be a mistrial declared. As Judge Judy would say, "They get one bite of the apple and that's it." If they screw up on anything at all, it's over for them and Trump walks.

by Anonymousreply 34May 24, 2023 4:13 PM

R31, how fast a docket moves depends not only on the judge and the type of case but the jurisdiction in which the case is being tried. The January 6 rioters were tried in the D.C. federal court. Federal courts are usually better run than state courts and hear fewer criminal cases. The Stormy Daniels case is in NY State criminal court: there are tens of thousands of people who have been charged with crimes and quite a few are stuck in pretrial detention. So there's a lot for the system to process.

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