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A judge scheduled Trump's trial on criminal charges for March 2024
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1. Judge sets Trump trial for March 2024, during primaries

A Manhattan judge on Tuesday scheduled a March 2024 trial for former President Donald Trump on criminal charges of falsifying business records to hide hush money payments to cover up alleged extramarital affairs during his 2016 campaign. Trump said little while appearing in a pre-trial hearing by video conference, but afterwards he criticized the decision to schedule the trial "right in the middle of Primary season," when he will be campaigning for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. "Very unfair, but this is exactly what the Radical Left Democrats wanted," Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform. "It's called ELECTION INTERFERENCE, and nothing like this has ever happened in our Country before!!!" Trump denies any wrongdoing.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.