Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York was scheduled to begin in late March

The former president, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of concealing the accounts of his real estate empire to cover up a $130,000 payment to a former X-rated actress to guarantee an alleged affair.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump during his impeachment hearing in New York on Oct. 4, 2023.  (Angela Weiss/AFP)

He won the first legal battle. A Manhattan judge ruled Friday, March 15, that Donald Trump's criminal trial, scheduled for March 25 in New York, is being postponed in connection with alleged payments to an adult film actress.

“This case is adjourned for 30 days from the date of hearing” On March 14, the Manhattan attorney gave the green light to postpone the hearings as requested by the former President of the United States' lawyers, New York District Court Judge Juan Merchon ruled.

Another of his hearings was also adjourned

The former president, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of hiding the accounts of his real estate empire, the Trump Organization, to conceal a $130,000 (about 119,000 euros) payment to former actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie. Clifford, shortly before the November 2016 presidential election. The payment was to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual relationship she had with Donald Trump in 2006 — which she denies while he was already married to Melania Trump.

Donald Trump has stepped up appeals and challenges in four criminal cases against him, hoping he won't be tried or convicted before the November election. He has already succeeded in delaying a federal trial scheduled to open in Washington on March 4 for “conspiracy against the United States government” over allegations of illegal efforts to change the outcome of the November 2020 election, won by Joe Biden.

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