BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A jury trial is set for December in the case against a Louisiana private investigator accused of trying to illegally obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns before last year’s presidential election.
Jordan Hamlett’s trial is scheduled to start Dec. 4. U.S. District Judge James Brady set that trial date on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Brady refused to suppress statements that Hamlett allegedly made to federal agents before his arrest on a charge he misused a Social Security number.
Hamlett’s attorney accused agents of tricking him into appearing at a Baton Rouge hotel for an interrogation. The judge, however, said Hamlett voluntarily spoke to the agents even though he was free to leave.
Prosecutors claim Hamlett tried unsuccessfully to obtain Trump’s tax returns using a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.