Wednesday reprieve: Why Trump will get a midweek break from his hush money trial

Former President Donald Trump will not be in court in Manhattan on Wednesday or subsequent Wednesdays for his hush money trial.

The trial will not have proceedings scheduled on Wednesdays to allow Judge Juan Merchan to deal with other court proceedings he has outside of the hush money trial. The procedure to mark one day of the week to take off from proceedings in a trial is common practice.

While Wednesdays are not expected to have any proceedings related to the hush money trial, the judge said he will not hold any sessions in court unless there are significant delays in the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.

Trump, who is required to be in court throughout the criminal trial, may use the off days in the middle of the week to his advantage as he campaigns for a
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