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Trump’s New York hush money trial officially delayed until at least mid-April

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks after exiting the courtroom for a break at New York Supreme Court, Dec. 7, 2023, in New York. Trump has secured a bond sufficient to support an $83.3 million jury award granted to writer E. Jean Carroll during a January defamation trial stemming from rape claims she made against Trump, his lawyer said Friday, March 8, 2024, as she notified the federal judge who oversaw the trial that an appeal was underway.(AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

The delay came after the former president’s attorneys said they needed more time to sift through thousands of pages of newly disclosed evidence related to Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams’ prosecution of Trump’s ex fixer Michael Cohen — the planned star witness at the upcoming trial.

Trump’s trial on felony charges of covering up a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels that silenced her story about an alleged affair had been scheduled to start on March 25.

That date will instead be used for a hearing to probe the question of why the feds waited until Wednesday to turn over the 31,000 pages of evidence, with another 15,000 pages of evidence submitted on Friday, within two weeks of when jury selection was slated to start.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office blamed Trump for the delay and said that the ex-president’s lawyers had dragged their feet in asking the feds to turn over the documents.

The “vast majority” of the files are also “likely to be unrelated” to the case, the DA’s Office added in a court filing.

But Trump’s camp fired back in their own filing that it was prosecutors’ fault for not getting them the files, and claimed that the late disclosure breached the Republican presidential candidate’s right to a fair trial.

Any delay is a major win for Trump, who has spoken openly about wanting to push back his criminal cases until after November’s election.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges stemming from allegedly lying in his company records throughout 2017 that reimbursement payments to Cohen for the hush money payouts were actually made for “legal services.”

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to a campaign finance crime for the same payoffs and was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to serve three years in prison.

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