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Trump Claims Judge Blocked Him from Attending Son's Graduation Amid Hush Money Trial

Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times
Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

Former President Donald Trump alleged that the judge overseeing his New York hush money case has prevented him from attending his son Barron Trump’s upcoming high school graduation in May. Trump's assertion follows his request to miss trial proceedings for the graduation ceremony on May 17.

While the judge, Juan Merchan, has not yet approved Trump's request, he stated, "It is too early to rule on that request because my decision depends on if we are on time and where we are in the trial." This leaves the possibility open for Trump to attend the ceremony.

The trial, which is expected to last six weeks, centers around 34 felony counts related to allegedly falsified business records concerning hush money payments to former adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump faces potential consequences for missing trial proceedings, including the issuance of an arrest warrant or disruption of proceedings. Despite these risks, Trump's legal team asserts that he intends to be present for all trial proceedings.

Source: Forbes, NYT


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