Trump’s historic hush-money trial gets underway; 1st day ends without any jurors being picked

(15 Apr 2024)

New York – 15 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, former US president and (R) presidential candidate:
"Next Thursday, we’re before the United States Supreme Court and a very big hearing on immunity. And this is something that we’ve been waiting for a long time. And the judge, of course, is not going to allow us. He’s a very conflicted judge, and he’s not going to allow us to go to that. He won’t allow me to leave here for a half a day, go to DC and go before the United States Supreme Court because he thinks he’s superior, I guess, to the Supreme Court. And we’ve got a real problem with this judge. We have a real problem with a lot of things having to do with this trial, including the D.A. Because you go right outside, the people are being mugged and killed all day long. And he’s sitting here all day with about 10 or 12 prosecutors over nothing. Over what people say, over what people say shouldn’t be a trial. So I just want to thank you very much. But that I can’t go to my son’s graduation or that I can’t go to the United States Supreme Court that I’m not in Georgia or Florida or North Carolina campaigning like I should be. It’s perfect for the radical left Democrats. That’s exactly what they want. This is about election interference. That’s all it’s about. Thank you very much."
2. Wide of Trump walking away from reporters
The historic hush-money trial of Donald Trump got underway Monday with the arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the case charging the former president with falsifying business records in order to stifle stories about his sex life.

The day ended without any jurors being seated. The selection process was scheduled to resume Tuesday.

The first criminal trial of any former U.S. president began as Trump vies to reclaim the White House, creating a remarkable split-screen spectacle of the presumptive Republican nominee spending his days as a criminal defendant while simultaneously campaigning for office. He’s blended those roles over the last year by presenting himself to supporters, on the campaign trail and on social media, as a target of politically motivated prosecutions designed to derail his candidacy.

After a norm-shattering presidency shadowed by years of investigations, the trial amounts to a courtroom reckoning for Trump, who faces four indictments charging him with crimes ranging from hoarding classified documents to plotting to overturn an election. Yet the political stakes are less clear because a conviction would not preclude him from becoming president and because the allegations in this case date back years and are seen as less grievous than the conduct behind the three other indictments.

The day began with hours of pretrial arguments — including over a potential fine for Trump — before moving into the start of jury selection. The first members of the jury pool — 96 in all — were summoned into the courtroom, where the parties will decide who among them might be picked to decide the legal fate of the former, and potentially future, American president.


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