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The request for “immunity” presented by Donald Trump is examined on appeal. (File photo)

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The federal trial of Donald Trump, which was to begin on March 4 in Washington, has been delayed , due in particular to the request for “immunity” presented by the ex-president and currently examined on appeal.

Judge Tanya Chutkan formally announced the postponement of the trial on Friday and indicated that the court would decide on a new date if, once the question of immunity had been decided, the case came back into its hands.

Donald Trump faces several federal charges for trying to invalidate the result of the presidential election 2020, around the storming of the Capitol in Washington by his supporters on January 6, 2021.

The ex-president was also federally indicted in Florida, where he is accused of negligence in handling confidential documents after his departure from the White House. This trial is scheduled to begin on May 20.

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In addition, the prosecutor responsible for investigating the case against Donald Trump in the state of Georgia admitted on Friday to having had a romantic relationship with a lawyer she had hired to work on this case, but denied any conflict of interest.

For the former US president, who is indicted in this southern state for unlawful acts aimed at invalidating the results of the 2020 election, the relationship between prosecutor Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade constitutes at least contrary a sufficient reason for the proceedings against him to be dropped.

However, in a court document, Fani Willis considered that this request was unfounded and urged the judge responsible for its examination to reject it.

According to the prosecutor, there was no relationship with Nathan Wade when she recruited him, in November 2021.

This The latter, currently in divorce proceedings, said in a court document that he began this relationship with Fani Willis in 2022 and claimed to have derived no funds or personal financial gain from his role as special prosecutor.

Donald Trump, favorite in the Republican primaries for the November presidential election, pleaded not guilty in this case in Georgia.

In a publication on his Truth Social platform On Friday, the billionaire claims – in capital letters – that Fani Willis' statement means that this scam is completely discredited and over.

Fani Willis had proposed November that the trial of the ex-president and his 14 co-defendants opens on August 5, 2024, three months before the presidential election.

Four of the 19 defendants initially targeted by the indictment issued on August 14, notably under a Georgia law on organized gang crime used by the prosecutor, have already pleaded guilty. They were sentenced to reduced sentences, without prison time, in exchange for their testimony at the future trial of the other defendants.

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