A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon on President-elect Donald Trump’s request to delay a trial set to open just after Thanksgiving over alleged fraud in marketing of the Trump University real estate seminar program.
U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued a brief order Tuesday setting the Friday hearing in his San Diego courtroom, giving Trump’s lawyers a chance to argue in person about why the trial set for jury selection on Nov. 28 should be postponed.
Trump’s legal team filed a formal motion Saturday arguing that the “critical and all-consuming” duties of preparing for the presidency merit putting the trial off until sometime after the inauguration in January. Trump’s lawyers also proposed that his testimony be taken through a videotaped deposition, rather than in-person attendance at the trial. Trump could sit for such a deposition before the inauguration, if necessary, Trump’s attorneys said.
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