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Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump says ‘amazing things happened today’ as 50 prospective jurors excused

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump's 1st criminal trial has started in NY Court. He is the first ex-US president to appear in court on a criminal charge.
Summary

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been involved in three civil lawsuits in New York after exiting the White House, but this is the first time he could face imprisonment.

He is charged with 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records. These charges come from payments he made to his former attorney Michael Cohen. The amount was handed over for hush money payments he made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels who claimed to have an affair with Trump prior to the 2016 election. However, Trump has denied having an extra-marital affair with Daniels and entered a not guilty plea.

Every count denotes a distinct occurrence of the purported wrongdoing, identifying various business documents related to a sequence of payments made to Cohen that were purportedly fabricated to hide his criminal conduct.

Unless Trump requests a waiver, he is required to appear in the court every day of the trial as a criminal defendant. Meanwhile, his attorneys and the prosecution try to reduce the number of possible jurors to just 12 and a few alternates. 

The Manhattan district attorney first indicted Trump in March 2023 on state charges pertaining to a 2016 hush money payment to Daniels.

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Former President Donald Trump left Trump Tower on his way to Manhattan criminal court, Monday, April 15, 2024, in New York. The hush money trial of former President Donald Trump begins Monday with jury selection. It's a singular moment for American history as the first criminal trial of a former U.S. commander in chief.
Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Former President Donald Trump left Trump Tower on his way to Manhattan criminal court, Monday, April 15, 2024, in New York. The hush money trial of former President Donald Trump begins Monday with jury selection. It's a singular moment for American history as the first criminal trial of a former U.S. commander in chief.

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Former President Donald Trump will testify at Stormy Daniels' hush money trial on Monday in his New York courtroom. He is facing 34 counts of fabricating company records concerning the repayment of hush money funds made prior to the 2016 election. Trump has entered a not guilty plea....Read More

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Apr 16, 2024 2:32 AM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Will Trump skip son Barron's graduation ceremony?

Addressing media after Monday trial, Trump said: "Amazing things happened today." 

Trump mentioned that the judge might not allow him to attend his youngest son's high school graduation. 

“My son is graduating from high school. It looks like the judge will not let me go to the graduation of my son who's worked very, very hard and he is a great student. This is a SCAM trial.”

Apr 16, 2024 2:08 AM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: 50  out  of 96 jurors excused

Out of 96 jurors, fifty have  been excused after admitting that they can't be fair and impartial. 

Judge introduced first batch of Manhattan residents on Monday and they were sworn in to see if they qualified for the jury that will decide the fate of Trump ahead of presidential elections.

Apr 16, 2024 1:40 AM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: One juror replaced, says 'I just couldn't do it'

While leaving the room, a potential juror was heard saying, "I just couldn't do it".

Citing pool reporters, CNN reported that the juror has been replaced.

Apr 16, 2024 12:51 AM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon could involved in trial

According to Judge Juan Merchan, nearly 40 people can be included in the hush money trial. These include Trump family members, Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and Hope Hicks.

Apr 16, 2024 12:49 AM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: WH remains mum on Trump's criminal trial 

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre chose to stay silent when asked about Trump’s criminal trial, citing the Trump’s position as the presumptive Republican nominee for president and nature of hush money trial.

Apr 15, 2024 11:48 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: A clip showing Trump speaking to reporters prior to hearing

Apr 15, 2024 11:47 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Jurors will be allowed to address bench and lawyers privately

Judge Merchan said that if potential jurors would rather not respond to some questions in public, they would be permitted to speak to the bench and attorneys in private prior to the first group of potential jurors being called in. He said the first panel of potential jurors will include 96 people.

 According to Merchan, doing so would require removing other jurors from the courtroom and assigning them to a different chamber.  

Apr 15, 2024 11:42 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: What is Sandoval hearing that is set to take place tomorrow

There will be Sandoval hearing hearing on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ET, said Judge Juan Merchan. According to CNN legal analyst Karen Friedman Agnifilo, during the Sandoval hearing, a judge is asked if the accused past wrongdoings can be brought up in the case.

Apr 15, 2024 11:39 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge Merchan to provide Jury list  to both sides

The lawyers on both sides will be aware of the jurors' identities as Judge Merchan promised to give both sides a copy of the jury lists with names and numbers and copies of the lists with just the numbers. He instructed the attorneys not to take pictures of the jurors.

Apr 15, 2024 11:36 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump lawyers get 24-hr to identify exhibits they plan to utilise during trial

After Prosecutors claimed that the attorneys for Trump have not been forthcoming in supplying the necessary documents for their case, judge gave them twenty-four hours to specify the exhibits they plan to utilise during the trial. 

"You have 24 hours," Judge Merchan declared, informing Trump's lawyers that they are already in breach of a directive he issued two months ago.

Apr 15, 2024 11:32 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge says will hold hearing regarding Trumps' post on April 24

Judge Merchan laid out next steps for the prosecutors' attempt to hold Trump in contempt for multiple social media remarks against trial witnesses.

On Wednesday, April 24, the judge announced that he will hold a hearing on the matter. The deadline for Trump's lawyers to provide a written response is April 19.

Apr 15, 2024 10:30 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Police probing bomb threat at Manhattan DA's home

According to police, they are looking into a bomb threat that was issued at the residence of Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg this morning.

Bragg has earlier faced threats in connection with his involvement in the prosecution of Donald Trump.

In a mailroom at Bragg's offices, a powdery substance and a threatening note with the words "Alvin, I am going to kill you" were discovered last year.

Apr 15, 2024 10:20 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE:  What is Access Hollywood' tape?

Judge Merchan denied the prosecutors' request to play 'Access Hollywood' tape during the trial, but allowed the transcript of the tape that was made public just before the 2016 election. In the tape, Trump can be heard saying that he "grabs [women] by the pussy," which can be considered as his desire to keep Daniels' accusations under wraps.

Apr 15, 2024 10:03 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump lawyers argue his social media posts don't breach gag order

Todd Blanche, the attorney for Trump, contended in court that former president's social media posts do not violate the gag order.

"It’s not as if President Trump is going off and targeting individuals. He’s responding to salacious repeated .. attacks by these witnesses," Blanche argued.

The judge has not made a decision yet and the court is on lunch break until 1:30 p.m. ET.

Apr 15, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Prosecutors seek to sanction Trump for social media posts

Prosecutors have introduced a motion to sanction Donald Trump for allegedly violating the gag order by posting on Truth Social. 

They urged the judge to hold Trump in contempt for breaching the gag order issued by him and fine the ex-president $1,000 for each of the three posts. 

Prosecutor Chris Conroy also appealed to the judge to issue an order to remove all the three posts and warn Trump that he may face jail time if he violates the order.

Apr 15, 2024 9:42 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Lawyers get additional times to question jurors

Judge Juan Merchan states that attorneys often have 15 minutes for the first round of questions and 10 minutes each for additional rounds.

However, Merchan and DA office agreed when Trump lawyer Todd Blanche sought 30 minutes for first round and 20 minutes for subsequent rounds.

Apr 15, 2024 9:38 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge allows to show Access Hollywood transcript to jury

Judge Merchan allowed into evidence the transcript of Access Hollywood in order to let prosecutors read the entire Trump quote, "grab them by the pussy."  

The judge also included an email exchange that took place on 2015 in which Hope Hicks forwarded the transcript to Kellyanne Conway, who then asked Michael Cohen to handle damage control after Conway asked if it was Trump's voice.

Apr 15, 2024 9:24 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Did Trump say anything during the break? 

Reporters questioned Donald Trump on the trial's progress during the short break. Responding to them, the former US President gave a thumbs up and also waved, reported The Guardian.

Apr 15, 2024 9:21 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE:  Artist Elizabeth Williams draws sketch of courtroom

In the sketch made by Elizabeth Williams, Donald Trump can be seen having a discussion with his attorney Todd Blanche inside the Manhattan criminal court.

Apr 15, 2024 9:19 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump walks into courtroom after brief break

Trump has returned to the courtroom and the proceedings are re-start following a short break. The jury selection process has not yet started. 

Meanwhile, Josh Steinglass, the Manhattan District Attorney, has stated that the prosecution may request the judge to find Trump guilty of contempt for insulting witnesses.

Apr 15, 2024 8:54 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump leaves court amid short break

As court has taken a short break, Donald Trump left the courtroom but didn't say a word, reported CNN.

Apr 15, 2024 8:52 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Prosecutors say Trump's recent Truth Social posts violate gag order

The prosecutor Joshua Steinglass argued that the latest posts that Trump made on Truth Social violated the gag order, which was issued to ban him from mentioning possible witnesses. 

Prosecutors also referred to Trump's Wednesday post in which he mentioned "two sleazebags," referring to Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen.

Apr 15, 2024 8:27 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: District attorney wants to include proof about Trump's Access Hollywood tape

Following the district attorney's request to introduce evidence about the Access Hollywood tape pertaining to Donald Trump, Judge Juan Merchan expressed his opinion that the recordings "should not come in" due to their strong bias. The E. Jean Carroll deposition, he added, shouldn't be included because it would be "building in a trial into a trial."

Apr 15, 2024 8:20 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge declares he will permit McDougal to testify

Karen McDougal's testimony will be allowed in the hush money case, according to Judge Juan Merchan. He, however, said it is not required for the jury to be informed that McDougal and Trump affair both during and after his wife Melania Trump's pregnancy.

Apr 15, 2024 8:17 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump ‘has to’ win WH race, says Liz Truss

While Donald Trump arrived in the New York criminal court for his hush money trial, former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss declared that it "has to be" the former president in the White House following the November presidential elections. Read more here

Apr 15, 2024 8:03 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump tears into Judge Juan Merchan

Hours before the starting of trial, Trump blasted “corrupt” Judge Juan Merchan and claimed that charges against him are  “baseless”. In a post on Truth Social, he called the entire trial a “witch hunt.”

 

Apr 15, 2024 7:59 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Some visuals from outside the NY court

Apr 15, 2024 7:56 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE:  What are the two questions that Judge will ask jury?

Judge Juan Merchan said he will ask jury two questions, including "are jurors unable to serve because of conflicts", and "if they do not believe they can serve in an impartial way."

Apr 15, 2024 7:52 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge says no court on Wednesdays, but schedule can be changed

During the hush money trial hearing Judge Juan Merchan stated that there will be no court on Wednesdays and on Monday, April 29. He, however, added that the schedule can be changed if there are excessive delays.

Apr 15, 2024 7:47 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Judge Merchan takes up a recusal motion, what is it?

Two applications for recusal are pending. While one is before Judge Juan Merchan and the other is pending before an appeals court in New York.

The judge denied the recusal request, stating that he would not review it until the appeal court made a decision. The court, according to Merchan, believes that Trump is relying on a "series of inferences, innuendos, and unsupported speculation" in order to bolster his recusal claims.

Apr 15, 2024 7:41 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Manhattan district attorney, judge arrive in courtroom as trial begins

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan has walked into the courtroom. 

"This is the people of the state of New York vs Donald J. Trump," a court clerk announced as the proceeding begins.

Apr 15, 2024 7:38 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Who are the main players in Trump's hush money trial?

Stormy Daniels: Stephanie Clifford, popularly known as Stormy Daniels, claims she took $130,000 from Donald Trump's lawyer to stay silent about his extramarital affair with her. 

Karen McDougal: She is a former Playboy model and claims to have had an affair with Trump. The National Enquirer paid her $150,000 to buy her story in a bid to not publish it and the amount paid to her was allegedly given by Trump. 

Davide Pecker: The National Enquirer's publisher, American Media Inc. (AMI), is led by David Pecker as CEO. AMI gave $30,000 to a former Trump Tower doorman who was attempting to promote a claim that the president had fathered an illegitimate child. 

Michael Cohen: He is Trump's attorney who made the payments. He is charged with working with Trump and his other organisation to falsify financial documents about the reason behind those payments. Cohen, who admitted guilt in 2018 to a number of federal offenses, was imprisoned for three years.

 Allen Weisselberg: He served as CFO in Trump Organization's previous CFO and spent over 50 years in the firm. While he has already received two prison sentences, he has not yet turned against Trump. According to the indictment, he was instrumental in keeping the intention behind Trump's reimbursements to Cohen a secret.

Apr 15, 2024 7:22 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Why is Trump hush money trial unprecedented?

The trial becomes significant as the hearing will coincide with Trump's election campaign ahead of the presidential elections in November. Despite his legal team’s best efforts, Trump will now face the judgment of a New York jury. Read more here

Apr 15, 2024 7:19 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE:  Trump frowns at cameras with grim look on his face

Following his lawyer Todd Blanche, Trump entered the courthouse. He hesitated for a moment, licked his lips, and then started to move up the middle aisle of the room. Trump had a grim look on his face, the Guardian reported.

A bunch of pool photographers took pictures of Trump, who looks like he's frowning at the cameras. The trial will start only after the selection of jury.

Apr 15, 2024 7:13 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Is Trump eligible for a prison term if found guilty?

The answer is yes. The maximum penalty for each of the charges against Donald Trump is four years in prison. If found guilty, the judge would be able to sentence Trump .

Apr 15, 2024 7:13 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: What is the duration of the trial?

Both sides' attorneys and court staff have stated that they anticipate the trial to run for at least six to eight weeks. Except on holidays, proceedings will normally take place four days a week i.e. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

Apr 15, 2024 7:10 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Trump has arrived in the courtroom: 'This is political persecution'

Trump has arrived in the mostly empty courtroom. Before entering the court, he spoke with reporters and claimed the hush money trial is a "political persecution". Calling it "an assault on America", he said, "nobody has ever seen anything like it."

Apr 15, 2024 7:05 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: Who are representing Trump in the case?

Hush money case trial taking place at the Manhattan Criminal Court and Trupm has arrived there.

His teams of lawyers include Todd Blanche, Susan Necheles and Emil Bove, among others.

Trump's defence in two separate federal criminal trials is being led by Lanche. Necheles, a lawyer close to Trump for many years, defended his business in a 2022 trial where two of his organisations were ordered to pay a fine after being found guilty on 17 felony counts of executive tax fraud.

Apr 15, 2024 6:56 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: What is Trump's stance in the case?

Trump has frequently charged that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pursuing the case for political advantage. He has even claimed that his political rivals are plotting to use the legal system to subvert him ahead of the 2024 presidential elections. He has also blasted Judge Juan Merchan and accused him of being bias.

Taking to his social media platform Truth Social, Trump repeated several of his baseless assertions, calling the hush money trial "an illegal attack on a Political Opponent" and claiming that he will be "forced to sit, GAGGED, before a HIGHLY CONFLICTED & CORRUPT JUDGE, whose hatred for me has no bounds."

Apr 15, 2024 6:52 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: What will happen during Monday trial?

Monday, April 15, marks the official start of the trial when the jury will be selected. Over 500 citizens of Manhattan have been summoned to attend as potential jurors in the trial. They will be required to complete an application, which will have various questions, ranging from their employment or if they are followers of Trump on social media.

Apr 15, 2024 6:48 PM IST

Donald Trump hush money trial LIVE: What is this case and what is Trump charged with?

The centre of this hush money case is the payment made days before Trump was elected as president of the US in 2016. During that time, Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep silent about an alleged affair with Trump. According to the prosecution, Cohen received payments from Trump in a series of twelve monthly installments from the Trump Organization. These payments were recorded and described as checks for continued legal services rather than as reimbursements for the hush money. Trump has entered a not guilty plea to the 34 felony counts of falsifying company documents against him.

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