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Donald Trump Trial Highlights: First 7 jurors selected in Trump's hush money criminal trial, 11 more to go

Donald Trump Hush Money Trial Highlights: On Day 2 of Donald Trump's historic hush-money trial, five more prospective jurors were dismissed as lawyers try to choose a panel of 12 residents of heavily Democratic Manhattan to hear the Republican former US president's criminal case impartially.

Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom with attorneys on the second day of his trial at Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City (via REUTERS)Premium
Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom with attorneys on the second day of his trial at Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City (via REUTERS)

Donald Trump Hush Money Trial Highlights: Donald Trump has become the first former US president to stand criminal trial ahead of Presidential elections. The Republican leader appeared before a Manhattan court on Monday to face charges stemming from hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. The US Presidential hopeful stands accused of falsifying internal Trump Organization records as part of a scheme to bury stories that he feared could hurt his election campaign in 2016. 

The case is the first of four indictments to go to trial and could complicate Trump's bid to win back the White House. With Trump being the presumptive nominee for this year's Republican ticket, the trial will also produce the head-spinning split-screen of a presidential candidate spending his days in court and, he has said, “campaigning during the night." The senior politician has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

The businessman-turned-politician faces a trial that could result in up to four years in prison if he's convicted.

 

17 Apr 2024, 08:21:25 AM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: ‘Going to continue our fight against Judge Juan Merchan,’ says Trump

Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on Judge Juan Merchan, accusing him of "rushing" the trial. The former US president said, “We are going to continue our fight against this judge," on his way out of the courthouse.

17 Apr 2024, 07:29:12 AM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Donald Trump's hush money case first to reach trial

Donald Trump's hush money criminal case is the first of former US president's four criminal cases to reach trial. Moreover, it may be the only one to return a verdict before voters in US may decide over electing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

17 Apr 2024, 07:21:56 AM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: First seven jurors selected in Trump's criminal hush money trial

To serve on Donald Trump's hush-money criminal trial, the first seven jurors were selected on April 16. The selection process continues to choose a panel of 12 members and six alternates

16 Apr 2024, 10:49:03 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Trump trial not a referendum on his presidency, prosecutor tells prospective jurors

Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges stemming from hush money paid to a porn star is not a referendum on his presidency, a prosecutor told prospective jurors on Tuesday in asking whether they could put personal politics aside.

 Trump's defense lawyer, in his opportunity to question prospective jurors, pressed them for their opinions on the former US president. Jury selection for Trump's trial got underway on Monday. 

He faces 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 encounter with Trump about a decade beforehand.

16 Apr 2024, 10:14:26 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Why can't Americans see or hear what is going on inside the courtroom?

It's a moment in history — the first US president facing criminal charges in an American courtroom. 

Yet only a handful of observers are able to see or even hear what is going on.

 Instead, most of the nation is getting news of former President Donald Trump's hush money trial secondhand. 

Starting with preliminary motions and jury selection Monday, reporters in a Manhattan courtroom must convey what is being said to the outside world after the fact. 

That's all because New York state law regarding media coverage of court proceedings is one of the most restrictive in the country. 

Last week's death of OJ Simpson, whose murder trial beamed live from a California courtroom captivated a nation three decades ago, was a telling reminder of how New York is behind the times — or, at least, a holdout.

16 Apr 2024, 09:40:04 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Trump to Meet Polish President Duda in New York on Wednesday

Donald Trump will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda for a dinner at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the arrangements. 

The meeting will take place on the first day of Duda’s week-long trip to the US and Canada. 

The dinner with Trump isn’t mentioned in the official schedule of the trip, which includes meetings with United Nations’ Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

16 Apr 2024, 09:29:31 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: ‘Trump Hating Judge won’t let me respond to people,’ Trump posted on Day 2

Donald Trump returned Tuesday to a New York courtroom as the jury selection process in his historic hush money trial enters a second day. The former president and presumptive GOP nominee began the day by railing against the trial and complaining about a gag order that bars him from from publicly commenting on jurors, potential witness and others related to his criminal cases. 

“This conflicted, Trump Hating Judge won’t let me respond to people that are on TV lying and spewing hate all day long," he wrote on his Truth Social network. “He is running rough shod over my lawyers and legal team."

16 Apr 2024, 09:05:12 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Jurors dismissed on Day to had 'scheduling conflicts'

Those dismissed on Tuesday said they had scheduling conflicts, concerns about balancing juror service with their jobs, or had thought more overnight and come to the conclusion they could not be fair. 

Merchan excused one juror who said many of his family, friends and colleagues in finance were Republicans and it would be hard for him to be impartial. 

"Being in the finance and accounting world, a lot of people tend to intellectually slant Republican," said the juror, who grew up in Texas.  "Even though I feel like I can be impartial, there might be some implicit bias surrounding that." 

16 Apr 2024, 07:50:26 PM IST

Donald Trump Trial LIVE: Jury selection resumes on day 2 in Trump's hush money trial

The second day of jury selection in Donald Trump's historic hush-money trial got underway on Tuesday, as lawyers try to choose a panel of 12 residents of heavily Democratic Manhattan to hear the former US president's criminal case impartially. 

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

Roughly half of 96 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.

16 Apr 2024, 06:56:43 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Trump returns to court after first day of his hush money criminal trial ended with no jurors picked

Donald Trump returned to a New York courtroom Tuesday as a judge works to find a panel of jurors who will decide whether the former president is guilty of criminal charges alleging he falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 campaign. 

The first day of Trump's history-making hush money trial in Manhattan on Monday ended with no one yet chosen to be on the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. Dozens of people were dismissed after saying they didn't believe they could be fair, though dozens of other prospective jurors have yet to be questioned. Trump arrived to court just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, giving a quick wave to reporters as he headed inside.

16 Apr 2024, 06:01:59 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: 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 US 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.

16 Apr 2024, 04:48:25 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Tortuous jury selection process for Trump's trial

Only about a third of the 96 people in the first panel of potential jurors brought into the courtroom on Monday remained after the judge excused some members. More than half of the group was excused after telling the judge they could not be fair and impartial and several others were dismissed for other reasons that were not disclosed. Another group of more than 100 potential jurors sent to the courthouse Monday was not yet brought into the courtroom for questioning.

16 Apr 2024, 04:24:18 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Donald Trump calls hush-money trial 'scam trial'

US President Donald J Trump saw him rail against the judge on the first day calling it a 'scam trial' after the judge did not permit him to attend his son's graduation

16 Apr 2024, 04:20:16 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Judge Juan Merchan warns Trump against attempts to disrupt hearings

Judge Merchan also warned Trump against repeating his frequent past attempts to disrupt hearings with incendiary social media posts and courtroom outbursts. Illustrating the extraordinary nature of the proceedings, potential jurors have been told they will remain anonymous to the public throughout.

Merchan said this is to protect them from likely attempts at bribery or even physical harm.

16 Apr 2024, 03:31:17 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Day two of Trump's trial to resume tortuous jury selection process

Day two of Donald Trump's unprecedented criminal trial opens in New York on Tuesday the same way the first ended -- with the defendant and US presidential hopeful being forced to watch in silence as lawyers work through the tortuous process of picking a jury. 

Trump has repeatedly described the hush money case in New York as a sham -- or part of some far-reaching conspiracy theory in which Democrats are trying to stop him from taking on President Joe Biden. 

But reality set in for the 77-year-old, hard-right Republican as Judge Juan Merchan issued the routine warning for criminal defendants that he will have to attend proceedings daily or face arrest.

16 Apr 2024, 02:38:01 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Biden returns to his Scranton roots to pitch tax plan as Trump spend week in New York courtroom

President Joe Biden returns to his childhood hometown of Scranton on Tuesday to open three straight days of campaigning in Pennsylvania, capitalizing on the opportunity to work the battleground state while Donald Trump spends the week in a New York City courtroom for his first criminal trial. 

The Democratic president plans to use Scranton, a working class city of roughly 75,000 people, as the backdrop for his pitch for higher taxes on the rich. At the same, he will portray Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee and a billionaire himself, as a tool of wealthy interests.

16 Apr 2024, 08:45:35 AM IST

Hush Money Trial to last at least six weeks

The trial is expected to last at least six weeks and Donald Trump is required to attend every day court is in session. The schedule is expected to impact his daily life and presidential campaign. Notably, the hush money case could be the only one that makes it to trial before November’s US Presidential elections vote.

16 Apr 2024, 08:24:10 AM IST

Donald Trump lashed out ahead of trial but stayed reserved during hearing, says report

Ahead of his hush money trial, Donald Trump lashed out at the judge and prosecutors with angry social media posts as is now expected of the former US president. However, once inside the closed-to-TV courtroom, he was a "different man", reported AP. 

It noted that the "contrast spoke to the gravity of his situation" as Trump now stands to become the first convicted presidential candidate in history if he loses the trial. The Republican candidate is accused of falsifying business records to hide alleged hush money payments made to a porn star to keep her from going public during his 2016 campaign with allegations of an affair.

16 Apr 2024, 07:42:45 AM IST

US Supreme Court to hear challenge to law used against Trump, Capitol rioters

The US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the use of a law behind one of the charges lodged against former president Donald Trump on April 16, AFP reported. The charge is related to Trump inciting hundreds of his supporters to charge and attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Trump, is the Republican presidential hopeful this election cycle. The 77-year-old and his supporters are charged with conspiracy to defraud the US, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy to deny Americans the right to vote and to have their votes counted. He is also charged with obstruction of an official proceeding — the January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress held to certify Biden's victory. 

Hundreds of Trump supporters, some in prison, are hoping to see the charges dismissed, which could have a knock-on effect for all of the cases.

15 Apr 2024, 10:52:38 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Donald Trump remains silent as trial begins

15 Apr 2024, 10:31:16 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Judge dubs Trump's ties to Karen McDougal a key element of case

Justice Juan Merchan said that evidence about Trump’s alleged relationship with former Playboy model Karen McDougal is a central element of the case. He however said prosecutors could not play for the jury the 2005 “Access Hollywood" recording in which Trump was captured discussing grabbing women sexually without their permission. Prosecutors will be allowed to question witnesses about the recording, which became public in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign.

15 Apr 2024, 10:18:07 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Trump arrives in Manhattan criminal court with legal team

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court with his legal team ahead of the start of jury selection in New York, NY, U.S., 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 encounters during his 2016 presidential campaign. Jabin Botsford/Pool via REUTERS
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court with his legal team ahead of the start of jury selection in New York, NY, U.S., 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 encounters during his 2016 presidential campaign. Jabin Botsford/Pool via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
15 Apr 2024, 09:59:58 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Prospect of contempt order raised as trial begins

New York prosecutors will reportedly ask a judge to hold the former president in contempt after they described a "pressure campaign" against his former fixer and a likely witness Michael Cohen.

“We will be seeking an order to show cause as to why the defendant should not be held in contempt. The truth is that Michael Cohen stayed loyal for as long as he did because of the defendant’s pressure campaign. This effort continues to this very day," prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told Justice Juan Merchan.

15 Apr 2024, 09:57:58 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: Prosecutors call for $3,000 fine over Trump's social media posts

Prosecutors ask judge to fine Trump $3,000 over social media posts about key witnesses in hush money case. 

15 Apr 2024, 09:26:33 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: How long will the trial last?

The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks, though the process of selecting a jury could take as long as two weeks or more. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, is required to attend the trial just as the campaign for the White House heats up. 

15 Apr 2024, 09:21:11 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE:Judge Juan Merchan says 'will not allow Trump to be prejudiced by rumor'

Judge Juan Merchan denied prosecutor's request to bring into evidence the allegations of sexual assault against Trump that came out after the Access Hollywood tape. He said he will not allow Trump to be prejudiced by a "rumor." Trump attorney Todd Blanche called the allegations a "side show" and said they have never been proven. 

15 Apr 2024, 08:45:07 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial LIVE: What does jury selection entail?

Scores of people will be called into the courtroom on Monday as the court begins the process of finding 12 jurors and plus six alternates. Trump's notoriety would make the process of picking a jury a near-herculean task in any year, but it's likely to be especially challenging now, unfolding in a closely contested presidential election in the city where Trump grew up and catapulted to celebrity status before winning the White House.

15 Apr 2024, 08:34:46 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial Live: Trump Media sinks 15% after registering shares, warrants

Trump’s social media startup extended a two-week slump after the company took its first step toward allowing the former president and other insiders to capitalize on their stakes. Trump Media & Technology Group Corp (the parent company of Truth Social) filed to register shares, including those linked to warrants. The move could ultimately bring forward sales from insiders that are currently not permitted until September. 

Shares slumped 15% to $27.83 as of 9:50 am in New York, the lowest level since January. 

Warrants, which are tied to the stock and can be exchanged with cash for shares of the company, sank 6.9% to $12.75. The company has had its market value slashed by more than $5 billion from a peak after debuting in March.

(via Bloomberg)

15 Apr 2024, 08:09:11 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial Live: Why is this case significant?

Donald Trump is the first former US president to stand criminal trial. The case pertains to hush-money payment to a porn star and could complicate his bid to win back the White House.

15 Apr 2024, 07:45:23 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial Live: Republican leader loses second bid to remove judge in New York hush money criminal 

The Judge overseeing Trump's hush money trial has denied a request from the defense team to recuse himself from the case. This was the senior politician's second bid to oust Justice Juan Merchan on the basis that his daughter's work for a political consulting firm with Democratic clients poses a conflict of interest.

15 Apr 2024, 07:30:31 PM IST

Trump Hush Money Trial Live: Former POTUS arrives at court for the start of jury selection

Donald Trump has become the first ex-president in US history to stand criminal trial — a seismic moment in the already explosive 2024 presidential campaign.

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