Trump allowed to attend son Barron’s graduation despite criticism of trial judge’s delay

By Majesty 3 Min Read

The former president of the United States was given permission on Tuesday by the Manhattan court overseeing the NY v. Trump trial to go to Florida the next month to witness his son’s high school graduation. 

Regarding Barron Trump’s graduation date, Judge Juan Merchan told the court on Tuesday morning, “I don’t think the May 17 date is a problem.” 

Trump had campaigned for weeks to be at his son’s May 17 high school graduation, but nothing was decided until Tuesday. Earlier this month, Trump had speculated that he might not be allowed to leave Manhattan for the occasion. 

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It seems that the judge won’t let me get out of this swindle, even though Barron is an excellent student who is really proud of his accomplishments.

He had been anticipating his graduation with his parents for years. The former president referred to the trial as a hoax when it began earlier this month. 

May 17 is a Friday; it is uncertain if the president will be physically absent from the courtroom on that day, or if trial procedures will cease. 

Near Trump’s South Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, is a private high school that Barron Trump attends. 

At present, Trump is in the ninth day of his ongoing Manhattan trial, wherein he is accused of 34 felonies related to the falsification of company records.

As of late Tuesday morning, the case was witnessing three people: David Pecker, the former CEO of American Media Inc. and publisher of the National Enquirer; Rhona Graff, the former Trump executive assistant and senior vice president of the Trump Organisation; and Gary Farro, the former senior managing director of First Republic Bank in 2016. 

Merchan fined Trump $9,000 on Tuesday for breaking a gag order that prevents him from discussing witnesses and court officials’ families in public. The judge determined that he had broken the injunction nine times, and that each infraction carried a $1,000 fine. 

The court stipulated in the decision that Trump might be subject to “incarceratory punishment” if he committed “continued willful violations” of the gag order, deeming it “necessary and appropriate.

Trump urged Merchan to step down in statements made prior to the court on Tuesday morning, branding the matter as a “hoax” that is being handled by a “badly conflicted judge.

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