Trump Allowed to Attend Son’s Graduation After Criticizing Judge’s Delay

( – Former president Donald Trump will apparently be able to attend the high school graduation ceremony of his youngest son, Barron Trump, after the judge presiding over his “hush money” trial said the former president was free to attend the event.

Judge Juan Merchan told Trump’s legal team that “I don’t think the May 17 date is a problem.” May 17 is Barron Trump’s graduation date. He will be graduating from private school Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, which is also close to Trump’s luxury Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trump had previously requested that he be allowed to attend his son’s graduation rites, but had said that given the “anti-Trump bias” of the judge, he did not expect his request to be granted. Merchan had also said previously that there was no reason for Trump’s trial to be postponed or delayed.

“It looks like the judge isn’t going to allow me to escape this scam,” Trump said of his request and what he thought of his hush money trial. Speaking to reporters last month, Trump also attributed his alleged persecution to the Democrats, whom he said wanted to keep him not only from Barron’s graduation, but from campaigning, at all costs.

Trump’s current legal headache is over alleged misuse of campaign funds during the 2016 presidential campaign. He allegedly used campaign monies to pay former adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 for the latter to keep quiet about a supposed affair the two had. Trump has denied ever having any sort of relationship with Daniels, but prosecutors say that the former president gave the payout to prevent potential damage to what would be his successful campaign for president in 2016.

It is unclear at this point, however, if Merchan will merely allow Trump to be absent from trial proceedings, which would continue as scheduled; or if the hearing will be postponed and moved to a later date.

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