Trump Requests Throwing Out Guilty Verdict In So-Called ‘Hush Money’ Trial After SCOTUS Immunity Ruling

Former President Donald Trump's Hush Money Trial Continues In New York NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 13, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi
11:16 AM – Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has requested to throw out his guilty verdict in the so-called “hush money” case after a recent Supreme Court ruling granted him immunity for official acts committed as president.


On Monday, Trump asked Manhattan Judge Juan Merchant for permission to file a motion to postpone his July 11th sentencing and to dismiss the case overall.

Prior to filing any case-related motions, Merchant must receive written notice from Trump’s legal team.

The letter is anticipated to be made public on Tuesday. Following that, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office will then have an opportunity to comment. 

The request was made just 10 days before Trump is scheduled to be sentenced in the case where he was found guilty by a jury of 34 felonies of allegedly fabricating business records during his 2016 presidential campaign.

In the letter, Trump’s defense team requests that Merchan analyze the implications of Monday’s Supreme Court decision for Trump’s landmark May 30th conviction.

The high court’s decision bars prosecutors from bringing charges against a president for any official actions while in office and from utilizing evidence of official actions to support their case.

However, the Supreme Court delegated the task of defining what an official act constitutes to subordinate courts.

Since the deadline for submitting post-trial motions has already passed, it is unclear if Merchan will review the conviction.

Trump praised the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday, calling it a “BIG WIN FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY” in a Truth Social post.

Meanwhile, a Biden campaign official dramatically compared the high court’s ruling to giving the former GOP president “the keys to a dictatorship.” Biden also slammed the court’s 6-3 decision, which will further delay Trump’s federal 2020 election subversion case. 

“The man who sent that mob to the US Capitol is facing potential criminal conviction for what happened that day, and the American people deserve to have an answer in the courts before the upcoming election,” Biden stated. “The public has a right to know the answer to what happened on January 6 before they are asked to vote again this year. Now, because of today’s decision, that is highly, highly unlikely. It’s a terrible disservice to the people of this nation.”

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