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Trump trial: Jury selection to resume in New York City for 3rd day in former president’s trial

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Jury selection in former President Trump’s historic and unprecedented criminal trial, which stems from charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

Bragg charged Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, with 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records. The charges relate to hush money allegedly paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.

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Mr. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has denounced the trial as pure politics and “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president is scheduled to testify at trial.

Former President Donald Trump awaits second day of jury selection in Manhattan Criminal Court

Former President Trump appears before the trial begins on the second day of jury selection at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on April 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Mary Altafer/Pool)

Asked last week about the possibility of testifying, President Trump said, “I will tell the truth.”

President Trump is the first president in U.S. history to undergo a criminal trial.

By the end of jury selection Tuesday, seven jurors had been selected and sworn in. The jury so far includes four men and three women, all of whom live in New York City. Their areas of expertise include law, finance, nursing, technology, and more.

The court will not begin the trial Wednesday, and the third day of jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in lower Manhattan.

On Tuesday, the second day of the trial, Bragg argued that Trump should be held in contempt of court for violating a gag order imposed by the presiding judge, Judge Juan Marchan.

Mr. Bragg and prosecutors allege that Mr. Trump must pay a $1,000 fine for each of three counts of gag order violations related to his social media posts.

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In his motion, Bragg warned Trump that “future violations” of the gag order could result in “up to 30 days in jail, as well as additional fines.” asked to do so.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court

On April 16, 2024, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

But after sitting in court for more than eight hours Tuesday night for jury selection, Trump made a campaign stop at the Sanaa convenience store in Harlem. The large crowd that greeted President Trump chanted, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” “Four more years,” and “We love Trump.” The crowd was singing the national anthem.

The visit was intended to highlight the rise in crime in New York City under Mr. Bragg’s watch.

Former President Trump visits the Manhattan warehouse in New York City on April 16, 2024, where a worker was assaulted by a man in 2022 and ended up dying in the ensuing fight. Trump visited the warehouse after spending his second day in court. He faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in his first criminal case and is scheduled to go on trial. (Spencer Pratt/Getty Images)

President Trump slammed the trial and the charges against him, calling it “fraud,” “all political,” and “something that comes out of society.” [President Biden’s] White House. “

“I’ll be campaigning locally, and that’s fine,” Trump said. “I think it’s working against us because we’re doing better now than we’ve ever done before.”

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“We’re going to intervene. First, we have to stop the crime. And we’re going to let the police do their job. We’ve got to give back their powers. They have to do their job. ‘We have to be able to do that,”’ President Trump said. “And we’re going to go into New York. We’re going to make big plays for New York and other cities as well. But this city, I love this city.”

President Trump said New York has gotten “much worse over the last three, four years.”

“And we’re going to fix New York. So if we run for president, we can hit New York hard. We can win New York,” he said.

Courtroom sketch depicting the second day of former President Donald Trump's criminal trial

A courtroom sketch depicts the second day of former President Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan Criminal Court on April 16, 2024. Jury selection for his hush money trial is underway. (Kristin Cornell)

“They’re trying to keep me out of the campaign,” Trump said. “But given what I’m doing, I think there’s more reporters here than I would have going out to any news organization.” [other] position. “

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Regarding crime in New York City, President Trump said, “It’s Alvin Bragg’s fault. Alvin Bragg did nothing. He goes after guys like Trump, who have done nothing wrong. “They know…there are hundreds of murders happening all over the city.” they know who they are. They don’t go after Trump. ”

He added, “The people of New York won’t accept it. That’s why they’ll vote for Trump.”

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