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Jury selection begins in Trump ‘hush-money’ trial

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The proceedings mark the first time a former US president has stood trial on criminal charges.

Jury selection has begun for a trial in which former US President Donald Trump stands accused of falsifying records related to hush-money payments to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 election. Trump has become the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges.

Twelve jurors, along with six alternates, will be chosen from among hundreds of New Yorkers. The judge in the case has released the extensive questionnaire that potential jurors will have to fill out.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before,” Trump told reporters outside the courtroom, calling the trial “political persecution” and “an assault on America.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, charged Trump last year with 34 counts of “falsifying business records,” alleging that the Republican politician sought “to conceal damaging information and unlawful activity from American voters before and after the 2016 election.”

The case is based on claims by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, that he paid $130,000 to the adult film actress, so she would keep quiet about an alleged affair with him. Trump has denied any relationship with the porn star. In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of campaign-finance violations, tax and bank fraud, and spent two and a half years in a federal prison. He also lost his New York bar license.

Judge Juan Merchan has granted Bragg’s request for a gag order, meaning that Trump can’t criticize the prosecutor or his staff.

The trial will keep Trump at the Manhattan courtroom every day of the proceedings for the next six weeks or more, effectively taking him off the campaign. Trump was the 45th president of the US (2017-2021) and is currently the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge President Joe Biden in November.

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    • He absolutely will… until they have a “glitch” and all counting stops for the night. Then in the morning Biden will magically be ahead by 7 billion votes and anyone who questions it will be deemed an “idiot”.

  1. Yes, Trump will win the election and those dumb enough to still be part of the loony left or pushing the globalist agenda will riot like crazy which is good for the globalist also as they want everything to collapse anyway so that they can force their solution to the problem they created on the entire world.

  2. My prediction is that when Trump wins in November 2024 and takes the White House in January 2025, Military personnel will very quietly go into (for example) the DOJ, FBI, CIA and so on, and basically read them the riot act: Behave and follow the Constitution or you will be taken to Gitmo.

    I think others already have been.

  3. Michael Cohen (convicted fraudster) has affair with Stormy Daniels. Gives her some of Trump’s money (which is called fraud – something fraudsters tend to engage in). Trump fires him.

    Now Trump has to go on trial for “hush money” because election.

    The fact that Trump essentially already won this case in 2020 and that she was ordered to pay his legal fees isn’t mentioned at all.

    Furthermore, even if they weren’t all a slithering nest of lying serpents and he hypothetically DID do it, “hush money” isn’t even technically illegal anyway (tons of NDA agreements exist and have existed for decades. Lots and lots of legal precedent).

    There is literally no substance to anything they’re trying to push, it’s always just nonsense to cost him money, waste his time and generate headlines for the ill-informed to gobble up from the MSM slop trough.

    I sincerely hope he is an absolute wrecking ball in his second term. I hope he becomes everything they’ve ever accused him of being and more. I want them punished severely, all of them.

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