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Trump Says Judge Is Forcing Him To Miss Barron’s High School Graduation

Not only is the ongoing hush-money trial in Manhattan apparently scheduled to prevent presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from effectively campaigning for the next two months, but it could also prevent him from attending his youngest son’s high school graduation.

As OANN reported:

On Monday, the jury selection process for Trump’s hush-money trial commenced in a Manhattan courtroom.

Judge Juan Merchan of the New York Supreme Court announced that as the court prepared for the first day of voir dire, he had received requests from Trump’s legal team asking the former president to miss the trial on May 17th in order to travel to Florida to attend Barron Trump’s high school graduation.

Merchan stated that he would not make a decision right away regarding Trump’s request to postpone the trial and move it to a different day.

“It really depends on if we are on time and where we are in the trial,” Merchan said.

It could take up to two weeks to select the right jurors. According to reports, Donald Trump will be allowed to know the names of the chosen jurors at his upcoming trial. However, the public will not. Jurors’ safety could be jeopardized if Americans discovered who was responsible for the final verdict.

Trump addressed the situation directly via social media:

Many Trump supporters also weighed in on the situation.

As for the political toll of a trial Trump has described as a “scam,” there is mounting evidence that the result will be an inability for the former president to effectively reach voters with his message.

According to Fox News:

President Biden returns to the campaign trail on Tuesday with a visit to his childhood hometown of Scranton to begin three consecutive days of campaigning in Pennsylvania. While the Democratic incumbent is holding events in the battleground state, his 2024 opponent, Donald Trump, is forced to spend the day in a New York City courtroom for the first ever criminal trial of a former president.

Biden plans to use Scranton, a working class city of roughly 75,000 people, as the backdrop to pitch his new tax plan. His travels through Pennsylvania overlap with the start of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal hush money case against Trump.

Day two of the New York City trial continues with the jury selection at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Trump has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree relating to alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels during his successful 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump has been ordered to attend the court proceedings Tuesday and every day of the trial. Judge Juan Merchan told Trump that if he fails to be present, a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

Here’s how Trump reacted to the situation in a press conference on Monday:


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