Donald Trump's Unexpected Detour After Pausing Manhattan Trial for Son's Graduation

 May 8, 2024

The Manhattan hush money trial involving Donald Trump was paused so he could attend his son Barron's graduation, but his simultaneous commitment to a Republican dinner in Minnesota has sparked curiosity about his scheduling.

Daily Mail reported that Trump’s Manhattan trial, involving hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, was paused after he complained about possibly missing his son Barron's graduation.

A judge agreed to pause the trial mid-May, enabling Trump to attend the event. Barron, who has stayed mostly out of the public eye, is set to graduate from Oxbridge Academy in Palm Beach, Florida.

Judge Agrees to Pause the Trial

Judge Juan Merchan allowed the one-day pause in the trial, permitting Trump to attend the graduation on May 17.

However, Trump’s announcement of attending a Minnesota dinner the same evening added a layer of complexity. The dinner is hosted by the Minnesota Republican Party, where Trump is expected to speak.

Barron's graduation ceremony is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., giving Trump a tight schedule to make it to the evening event in Minnesota. His participation in the Minnesota event was revealed after he received the court's permission to miss a day of the trial.

The Hush Money Trial Details

The case revolves around payments made to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, facilitated the $130,000 payment to Daniels. The trial examines whether these payments violated campaign finance laws.

Daniels testified that the affair occurred at a celebrity golf outing in Lake Tahoe. Trump’s defense argued the affair and payments were irrelevant to the case, focusing instead on discrediting Daniels' motivations.

The Judge's Ruling and Trump's Reactions

Despite Daniels' testimony, the judge decided not to declare a mistrial, enabling the continuation of the trial.

Trump's defense team emphasized Daniels' openly expressed dislike for Trump, casting doubt on her reliability and intentions. The trial has seen sharp confrontations between the prosecution and defense, attracting considerable attention from the media.

Trump’s public criticism of the trial, especially through his social media posts, has further complicated the proceedings. The judge's decision to permit Trump to attend his son's graduation underscores the case's personal implications.


Donald Trump’s Manhattan hush money trial was temporarily paused to allow him to attend his son Barron’s high school graduation. The pause in the trial, approved by Judge Juan Merchan, permits Trump to be present for the significant family event on May 17.

However, Trump’s commitment to a Republican dinner in Minnesota the same evening has raised questions about his schedule. The trial, centered on allegations of hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, continues with detailed testimonies and intense legal battles. Trump’s defense team seeks to discredit Daniels' account while the judge has ruled to proceed with the trial despite requests for a mistrial.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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