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Trump to sue judge in effort to avert hush-money trial – as it happened

A New York judge on Wednesday denied Donald Trump’s bid to delay his trial on charges stemming from hush money paid to Stormy Daniels until the US supreme court reviews his claim to presidential immunity in a separate criminal case.

The case in Manhattan in front of Judge Juan Merchan is scheduled to begin on 15 April.

Merchan deemed the former president’s request untimely, ruling that his lawyers had had myriad opportunities to raise the immunity issue before they finally did so in a 7 March court filing.

Lawyers for the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election had asked to adjourn the New York trial indefinitely until Trump’s immunity claim in his Washington DC election interference federal criminal case is resolved.

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