Trial starts Nov. 28…
SAN DIEGO (CN) – President-elect Donald Trump wants a federal judge to again delay the first of two class actions against his now-defunct real estate school Trump University until sometime next spring.
Trump’s lead attorney Daniel Petrocelli told U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel at a hearing Thursday he would file the delay request within the next few days. Petrocelli said since Trump only has 70 days to prepare to be sworn in as President of the United States, he wants Curiel to delay the trial until February or March.
Petrocelli had requested a February 2017 trial date months ago, which Curiel denied. The judge intentionally set the trial for after the election but before inauguration to accommodate a potential President-elect Trump.
Curiel asked Petrocelli “head on” if they would be requesting a four-year or even eight-year delay of the trial. Petrocelli denied that, saying they were “not proposing the case be put off indefinitely, but until early next year.”
“There has never been a case where a sitting president has had to testify in a personal case against him,” Petrocelli told the judge.
Curiel reminded Petrocelli “that’s what we’re trying to avoid” by having the case go to trial before Trump is inaugurated.
Given Curiel’s accommodation of Trump’s schedule the past year as he campaigned for president – moving hearings and the trial date – and Curiel’s resolve to see the 6 ½ year old case to a resolution, it seems unlikely the judge will grant Trump’s request to delay the trial.