Seven Jurors Selected For Trump Criminal Hush Money Trial

Jurors Selected Hush Money Trial

On Tuesday, the selection process for jurors in Donald Trump’s hush-money criminal trial continued, with the first seven jurors chosen.

The judge warned against intimidating prospective jurors after Trump audibly muttered during questioning. Trump faces 34 felony counts related to hush money paid to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

He denies wrongdoing and calls it a partisan “witch hunt.” Seven jurors were selected, including individuals with varied backgrounds. Trump’s lawyer questioned a nurse juror, who stated, “No one is above the law.”

Jury selection started Monday and will resume Thursday. Opening statements might occur next Monday, with possible delays.

The challenge of selecting impartial jurors in Democratic-leaning Manhattan is evident. More than half of the initial 96 jurors called were dismissed for impartiality.

Trump’s attorney emphasizes the importance of a fair trial for Trump. Several prospective jurors claim neutrality towards Trump, stating their opinions are irrelevant to the case.

The judge admonished Trump for audibly muttering during juror questioning, warning against intimidation.

Trump is subject to a gag order barring him from interfering with the case. Prosecutors seek fines for Trump’s social media posts criticizing witnesses. The judge will consider the fines on April 23.