Trump to return to New York criminal court for jury selection

Donald Trump to return to New York criminal court for jury selection

Donald Trump’s historic hush-money trial enters a second day on Tuesday,

as lawyers try to select 12 New York City jurors to consider the guilt or innocence of the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges.

The first day on Monday underscored the challenges of the task.

Roughly half of 100 potential jurors questioned were dismissed after saying they could not impartially judge the polarizing businessman-turned-politician,

who is mounting a comeback White House bid while battling four separate criminal cases.

A New York native who now lives in Florida,

Trump was a fixture in the city’s tabloid press for decades before he won the presidency as a Republican in 2016.

But as a politician, he has never been able to count on the heavily Democratic city for votes.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, has charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying

business records to cover up a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election.

Daniels says she had a sexual relationship with Trump about a decade beforehand.

Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies an encounter took place.

To prove a felony, prosecutors must show that Trump covered up the payment to conceal a crime like an illegal campaign contribution.

Trump has said that the payment was personal and intended to spare himself and his family embarrassment.

In other jurisdictions, he stands accused of mishandling classified information and trying to overturn his 2020 loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

But the hush-money case may be the only one to go to trial before Trump faces Biden again in the Nov. 5 election.

If convicted, Trump would still be able to run for office and serve as president if he won.

But a Reuters/Ipsos poll found that half of independents and a quarter of his fellow

Republicans would not vote for him if he is found guilty.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in all four criminal cases and says they are a plot by

Biden’s Democrats to neutralize him politically.

Though the New York case is centered on events that took place more than seven years ago,

prosecutors are trying to hold Trump accountable for more recent conduct as well.

On Monday, they asked Justice Juan Merchan to fine Trump $1,000 for each of three social media posts

this month that criticized Daniels and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer who is expected to be a prominent witness in the trial.

Under a gag order imposed by Merchan, Trump is barred from making statements about witnesses,

court staff and family members that are meant to interfere with the case.

Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche said the former president was only responding to their criticism of him.

Merchan said he will consider the fines on April 23.

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April 15 : Former President Donald Trump walks out of the courtroom following the first day of jury selection at the Manhattan criminal court in New York, NY on Monday, April 15, 2024. Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged scheme to silence claims of extramarital sexual

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Jury selection is expected to consume the rest of the week, and the trial is scheduled to last through May.

Trump is required to be in court throughout, and on Monday Merchan denied a request for him to miss

a session so he could attend a hearing at the U.S.

Supreme Court, where his lawyers will argue that Trump should not be prosecuted for actions he took as president.

“He thinks he’s superior, I guess, to the Supreme Court.

We’ve got a real problem with this judge,” Trump said after Monday’s session.

The 12 jurors selected for the trial, along with six alternates, will hear testimony from Daniels and Cohen,

who has said he made the payments to buy her silence.

Other expected witnesses include David Pecker, the former publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, who

prosecutors say ran stories to boost Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Also due up is Karen McDougal, a former nude model for Playboy magazine who prosecutors say was paid by

the National Enquirer to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

Trump’s criminal trial kicks off, Sununu reiterates his political support:

Gov. Chris Sununu sat for an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
Gov. Chris Sununu sat for an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.

As jury selection begins this week in the hush-money trial of former President Donald Trump,

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he doesn’t believe many voters view Trump’s criminal indictments, his actions on Jan. 6, 2021,

or his election denialism as disqualifying him from the presidency.

Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Sununu said he’ll support

Trump even if he is convicted on felony charges.

In the trial starting this week, Trump faces 34 felony counts that he falsified business records in order to hide

payments to former adult actress Stormy Daniels information that could have damaged his 2016 presidential campaign.

The trial is the first time in U.S. history a former president will be tried on criminal charges.

The trial, which kicked off Monday in a Manhattan courtroom, is expected to run at least six weeks,

even as Trump campaigns for the presidency again.

But while Sununu said Trump wasn’t his first choice for president,

he said putting Trump back in the White House will allow Republicans to achieve the “culture change” he says the country needs.

In the past, Sununu had said Trump should leave the race if convicted of a felony.

His new stance came amid much back-and-forth with Stephanopoulos.

“So, just to sum up: you would support [Trump] for president even if he is convicted in the classified documents case,” Stephanopoulos said.

“You support him for president even though you believe he contributed to an insurrection.

You support him for president even though you believe he’s lying about the last election.

You’d support him for president even if he’s convicted in the Manhattan case.

I just want to say, the answer to that is yes, correct?

“Yes,” Sununu responded. “Me and 51 percent of America.”

Trump faces other major trials related to his handling of classified documents, his role in the Jan. 6

Capitol riot, and his role in alleged election interference in Georgia in the last presidential campaign.

But Sununu repeatedly argued that opposing Trump now given issues like inflation and pressure along

the U.S.-Mexico border amounts to elitism that he predicted voters will reject.

“I think all of that was absolutely terrible, but what people are going to be voting for, the reason

I’m supporting not just the president, but a Republican administration that’s what this is,” he said.

“They want a culture of change in Washington.”

Sununu formally endorsed Trump last month, when his preferred candidate, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley,

ended her bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

In the past, Sununu has argued that Trump should leave the presidential race if convicted of a felony.

But in the interview, Sununu said he no longer believes that, arguing that most voters now view the charges against Trump as “reality TV.”


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