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Trump’s New York Criminal Case: Judge to Consider Transfer to Federal Court

by Madison Thomas
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Trump's New York criminal case

On Tuesday, a U.S. judge is scheduled to hear arguments regarding President Donald Trump’s request to relocate his criminal case in New York from state court, where he was indicted, to a federal court. This move would potentially enable him to seek dismissal of the case.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein will carefully consider the arguments presented during the afternoon session; however, an immediate ruling is not expected.

Following Trump’s plea of not guilty in April, his legal team promptly sought to transfer the case to the federal court in Manhattan. The charges against Trump involve alleged falsification of his company’s business records to conceal hush money payments, which aimed to suppress claims of extramarital affairs.

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It is rare for criminal cases to be moved from state to federal court, making Trump’s prosecution exceptional. His legal team argues that the charges, although related to his private company’s records, pertain to actions taken while he was president. According to U.S. law, criminal prosecutions can be transferred from state court if they involve actions carried out by federal government officials as part of their official duties.

The allegations against Trump involve the falsification of records to conceal payments made in 2017 to his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as compensation for orchestrating payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in 2016. Trump has consistently denied having affairs with either woman.

Trump’s lawyers maintain that the payments to Cohen were legitimate legal expenses and not part of a cover-up.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office, responsible for the case, argues that the payoffs to Cohen and the women had no connection to Trump’s official duties as president.

If the judge approves the transfer of the case to federal court, Trump’s legal team could then seek dismissal based on the argument that federal officials are immune from criminal prosecution for actions performed within their official job duties.

Moving the case to federal court would also mean that potential jurors could be drawn not only from Manhattan, where Trump lacks popularity, but also from several suburban counties north of the city, where he enjoys greater political support.

In state court, a criminal trial was scheduled for March 25, amidst the primary season leading up to the November presidential election next year.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg pursued the case against Trump after he left office, making him the first former president ever charged with a crime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trump’s New York criminal case

What is the current status of Trump’s criminal case in New York?

The current status of Trump’s criminal case in New York involves a U.S. judge considering whether to move it from state court to federal court. Arguments have been heard, but a ruling is yet to be made.

Why does Trump want to move his case to federal court?

Trump’s lawyers seek to move the case to federal court to potentially have it dismissed. They argue that the charges, although related to his private company’s records, involve actions taken while he was president, and federal officials are immune from criminal prosecution for actions performed within their official job duties.

What are the charges against Trump in this case?

The charges against Trump involve the alleged falsification of his company’s business records to hide hush money payments made in 2017 to his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. These payments were reportedly aimed at burying allegations of extramarital sexual encounters with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Trump has denied having affairs with either woman.

Why is this prosecution considered unprecedented?

The prosecution of Trump is considered unprecedented because it involves a former president being charged with a crime. Requests to move criminal cases from state to federal court are rarely granted, making this case unique.

When is the potential trial date for this case?

In state court, a criminal trial was initially set for March 25, which coincided with the primary season leading up to the next year’s November presidential election. However, if the case is moved to federal court, the trial date may be subject to change.

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10 comments

TrumpSupporter87 June 27, 2023 - 12:04 pm

lol!! Trump’s trying 2 move his case 2 federal court! he wants 2 get rid of it! that would b great! he didn’t do anything wrong, it’s all fake news! go Trump!

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LegalExpert007 June 27, 2023 - 1:25 pm

The charges against Trump are serious. Falsifying records and hush money payments? These are not trivial matters. Let the legal process play out, and may justice be served, regardless of who is involved.

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ManhattanResident June 27, 2023 - 8:10 pm

If the case moves 2 federal court, it could change everything! More political support from suburban counties? That’s not gonna help in Manhattan. The trial date might shift too. Curious times ahead.

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NewsJunkie23 June 27, 2023 - 11:37 pm

So Trump wants 2 claim immunity cuz he was prez? Sounds like a desperate move 2 me. He should face the charges like anyone else. No one is above the law, not even former presidents.

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LegalEagle99 June 28, 2023 - 1:50 am

This case is unprecedented! A former president facing criminal charges?! Moving it 2 federal court is a long shot tho, rarely happens. But hey, let’s c what happens. Justice must prevail!

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NewsJunkie23 June 28, 2023 - 3:17 am

So Trump wants 2 claim immunity cuz he was prez? Sounds like a desperate move 2 me. He should face the charges like anyone else. No one is above the law, not even former presidents.

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LegalEagle99 June 28, 2023 - 3:26 am

This case is unprecedented! A former president facing criminal charges?! Moving it 2 federal court is a long shot tho, rarely happens. But hey, let’s c what happens. Justice must prevail!

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LegalExpert007 June 28, 2023 - 10:26 am

The charges against Trump are serious. Falsifying records and hush money payments? These are not trivial matters. Let the legal process play out, and may justice be served, regardless of who is involved.

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ManhattanResident June 28, 2023 - 1:51 pm

If the case moves 2 federal court, it could change everything! More political support from suburban counties? That’s not gonna help in Manhattan. The trial date might shift too. Curious times ahead.

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TrumpSupporter87 June 28, 2023 - 3:58 pm

lol!! Trump’s trying 2 move his case 2 federal court! he wants 2 get rid of it! that would b great! he didn’t do anything wrong, it’s all fake news! go Trump!

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