Faced with simultaneous hearings, Trump chooses to attend arguments in the hush money case. 

When Donald Trump first appeared in a Manhattan courthouse in April for his arraignment on hush money allegations, it was both momentous for the country and unique for the former president. 

However, in the following year, Trump faced four further indictments and spent around three weeks in New York courtrooms for his civil trials, pleading not guilty to all allegations in each.  

The unusual became the standard for a former president facing several felony charges while running for president. 

Trump is to return to that same New York courthouse on Thursday for the final planned hearing before his March 25 trial for what prosecutors call "an expansive and corrupt criminal scheme" to conceal facts from voters ahead of the 2016 election. 

Trump pled not guilty to all counts and denied any misconduct. 

Juan Manuel Merchan, the judge supervising the case, scheduled Thursday's hearing late last year to address pretrial petitions and set the trial date, which seems to be Trump's first criminal trial of the year. 

In October, Trump's attorneys submitted a request to dismiss the allegations, claiming that the prosecution was politically motivated, interfered with the 2024 election, was barred by the statute of limitations, and included other technical flaws. 

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