Donald Trump's Hush Money Trial Begins

Former President Donald Trump faces legal scrutiny again.

by Nouman Rasool
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Donald Trump's Hush Money Trial Begins
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Former President Donald Trump found himself in a New York courtroom on Tuesday as jury selection carried on in a case in which he’s accused of defrauding his own bookkeeper to stave off a scandal in his 2016 White House bid.

The trial, being held in Manhattan, has not yet begun with a single jury on its first day as many of the potential jurors were rejected on account of bias.
A total of 12 jurors and six alternates were to be chosen, but most jurors were rejected as they mentioned that they would not be able to trust themselves to be unbiased.

This is the first of the four criminal trials against Trump, but the trial has a lot at stake since it is being held in a hotly contested presidential election campaign against Joe Biden. The former president, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 34 felonies.

He has publicly denounced the charges as a baseless attack from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, “a scam” and “a witch hunt”. The charges revolve mainly around a $130,000 payment that Trump’s company made to his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep porn star Stormy Daniels from revealing an alleged intinamte encounter with Trump a decade earlier—a charge Trump has denied.

Trump Trial Tensions

The prosecution argues that it was a sham deal in which the monies were fraudulently accounted for as an expense that was incurred for a legitimate purpose. They argue that this was only but among the avenues that they were intending to sweep the dirty stories under the carpet, and this would have culminated in political mileage to his opponent when the election time comes.

Trump admits that he did pay Cohen the cash, but it was not intended for his presidential bid. The challenge of empaneling a jury was underscored when more than half of the first panel of 96 potential jurors had been excused by Monday, the majority saying they could not avoid feeling biased.
The process is expected to take several days, at least, to complete, and it has been slowed by the highly politicized nature of the trial in liberal New York, the city where Trump made his name.

As the case progresses, more and more public attention is drawn, thus, the turning of the case into a bone of election contention. The case may even influence the election if it brings the judgment out before the elections in November, which Trump is trying to win for the president again.

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