President Donald Trump made a video appearance in a New York criminal case on Thursday, and a trial date is now tentatively set for late March. The case against Trump is for reportedly instructing two of his associates, Michael Cohen and David Pecker, to make illegal payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in order to keep them quiet prior to the 2016 elections.
The hearing, which was held remotely via video conference, saw Judge Jed Rakoff presiding over the proceedings. Trump’s defense team requested a speedy trial, citing his status as a President who will soon be voted out of office. Meanwhile, prosecutors argued that more time is needed to investigate the claims, which include potential violations of campaign finance laws, among other matters. Judge Rakoff stated that both sides “should make their best effort to get ready and see if the case can be resolved before trial.”
The trial is likely to be a contentious one, and given the context of the case, it could see considerable attention from the media. It is likely that the proceedings will serve as a potential legacy for the Trump Presidency, as well as a significant marker in the legal development of the case.