Trump rails against hush money trial before stepping into New York courtroom

(16 Apr 2024)
RESTRICTION SUMMARY:

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New York – 16 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, Former U.S. President:
"I was paying a lawyer and marked it down as a legal expense. Some accountant I didn’t know marked it down as a legal expense. That’s exactly what it was. And you get indicted over that?"
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, Former U.S. President:
"This is a sham trial, and the judge should recuse himself because he’s totally conflicted. Thank you very much."
STORYLINE:
Donald Trump has returned to a New York courtroom as jury selection in his historic hush money trial enters a second day.

The former president began the day by railing about the trial and a gag order that bars him from from publicly commenting on jurors, potential witness and others.

He stopped briefly to address a TV camera stationed in a hallway to denounce the proceeding and the judge.

“‘I was paying a lawyer and marked it down as a legal expense," Trump said. "And you get indicted over that?”

The trial’s first day ended Monday with no jurors selected.

Dozens of people were dismissed after saying they didn’t believe they could be fair.

The criminal trial is the first of Trump’s four indictments to go to trial.

Trump is accused of falsifying internal business records and making payoffs to two women as part of a scheme to bury stories he worried would hurt his 2016 campaign.

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