The instruction means that The trial for the money paid by the former president to a porn star will take place in the middle of the Republican primaries for the 2024 presidential race, in which Trump will seek to regain office.
Judge Juan Merchan said that once the date is set, all parties, including Trump, the favorite for the Republican nomination, should not schedule other events.
“You cannot accept any commitment to public events or appearances,” Merchan said in Manhattan state court,
Trump did not appear in court.
Merchan’s comments came during the first hearing in the case since Trump was indicted last month on 34 counts of falsifying business records.
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The judge said that once he makes a decision, Trump will be required to appear in court virtually, to be notified.
Trump denied charges related to refunds to his then-attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels.
Prosecutors say that the 2016 payments were intended to silence Daniels over the sexual relations she says she had with the former president years before.
Trump is the first former or sitting president of the United States to be charged with a crime.
The 76-year-old former president seeks to return to the White House in the November 2024 elections.
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