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Opening statements in Trump’s first criminal trial will begin 30 minutes before a judge will hear arguments about his bond in Trump Org’s civil trial

  • The legal proceedings for Donald Trump’s various criminal and civil cases are beginning to overlap.

  • Opening arguments for his first criminal trial begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday

  • A bail hearing in his civil fraud case will take place down the street at 10 a.m

Donald Trump is juggling so many legal proceedings that they are beginning to overlap.

Opening arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Trump’s hush money case, the first-ever criminal trial against a former president — and just the first of four criminal cases Trump will face in court.

In the hush money lawsuit, prosecutors allege that Trump fabricated his books to conceal a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an affair the couple had. Trump denies the affair took place and refutes accusations that his financial records were falsified.

Down the street, Monday at 10 a.m., Judge Arthur Engoron will hear arguments on Trump’s bond in his civil fraud trial after New York’s attorney general Letitia James James asked the judge to reject the $175 million bond posted by Knight Specialty Insurance Company and declare the bond “of no effect,” James wrote in a memo filed Friday.

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James argued that the company that posted the bond did not meet the “requirements of reliability and competence” required of insurers doing this type of business. She added that the insurance group is not licensed to do new business in New York and has never previously bonded in the state.

The bond has been a subject of fierce debate after Trump’s lawyers argued that he could not pay the original $454 million judgment amount initially ordered by the court and that he should not have to pay the full amount pending the profession. The appeals court agreed and reduced his amount by $175 million on March 25, while Trump posted the lower amount on April 1.

It remains unclear in which courtroom Trump will appear on Monday. However, the New York Times noted that his court appearances have led to increased traffic on Center Street in Manhattan, prompting officials to scramble to increase safety in the city.

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Representatives for Trump and the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider.

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