Lawyers for president-elect Donald Trump are hoping to postpone his upcoming fraud trial until after he's sworn in next year, the Washington Postreports.
During a hearing on Thursday with Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Trump's lawyers asked that the Trump University case—which is supposed to go to trial November 28—be pushed back to February, after Trump's inauguration on January 20.
The lawyers argued that the next few months will be a very busy, transitionary time for the president-elect as he prepares to take the White House. Apparently Trump's attorneys think his schedule will be a little less hectic once he's officially the commander-in-chief.
The lawsuits against Trump University allege that the get-rich-quick seminar company, which promoted the classes as "the next best thing to being Trump's apprentice," conned countless wannabe business moguls out of their cash.
Although no president-elect has ever had to face a trial, the president can go to court for something that happened before he took office. According to USA Today, the fraud case is just one of 75 pending lawsuits Trump still has open against him and his business. If he or his company were found liable for fraud in any one of the three cases involving Trump University, it could be grounds for Congress to consider impeachment.
Judge Curiel, who Trump has previously called "a hater" and mocked for his Hispanic heritage, reportedly told both sides that they should consider reaching a deal, "given all else that's involved," according to Reuters. The judge is expected to make a ruling about the postponement on Monday.
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