JUST IN: Trump Moves To Overturn New York Conviction, Postpone Sentencing After Immunity Decision


Former President Donald Trump is filing a motion to throw out his recent Manhattan conviction on 34 felony counts of “falsifying business records” and have his July 11 sentencing postponed after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that U.S. presidents have immunity for official acts undertaken while serving in the White House.

According to a report from the New York Times, Trump’s lawyers have sought permission from Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the case, to file a motion to set aside the conviction. The letter was sent just hours after the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling on presidential immunity, which will have major ramifications on the ongoing federal cases against the former president.

The letter will not be made public until Tuesday at the earlier, at which point prosecutors will have a chance to respond, a source familiar with the proceedings told the New York Times.

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Trump’s legal team hopes to move forward with the motion just ten days before Trump is set to be sentenced in the case that has been plagued by political bias. Trump is asking Judge Merchan — a Biden donor whose daughter has raised millions of dollars for Democrat causes and candidates — to postpone the July 11 sentencing while Merchan determines whether the ruling affects the conviction.

It is unclear whether the motion will be granted, as the conduct covered in the Manhattan case took place before Trump was elected as president.

While it is unclear how Merchan will rule, the effort already appears to have caused a delay in the proceedings. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office was expected to send a sentencing recommendation to the judge and likely recommend a prison term for the former president, though this did not occur.

If Merchan does not entertain the motion, it is possible that Trump’s legal team will revisit the matter when they attempt to appeal the conviction after sentencing, which is set to take place just days before the Republican National Convention.

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