Judge Denies Trump’s Dismissal Request, Orders Trial to Start March 25

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A judge in New York has denied President Donald Trump’s request to dismiss the charges in a hush money case.

The judge also ordered jury selection to begin in the case on March 25, CNBC reports.

CNBC’s report continues:

Trump will be the first former president to stand trial in a criminal case.

He is accused of falsifying business records related to a $130,000 payment his then-lawyer Michael Cohen gave porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about her alleged sexual tryst with the then-Republican presidential nominee.

Trump is currently the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. In addition to the hush money case, he faces three other pending criminal cases, all of which have a chance of going to trial this year.

“This is not a crime,” Trump told reporters outside the courtroom, where he argued that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office filed the charges against him last year in the hush money case to harm his chances of winning the 2024 presidential election.

Trump is charged with 34 felony charges in the case and has pled guilty to every one of them.

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