Trump expresses concern over New York criminal trial a day before jury selection

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Former US President Donald Trump is set to face his first criminal trial, with charges relating to an alleged scheme to cover up hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. The trial in New York will consist of nearly three dozen felony counts, including allegations of falsifying business records 34 times. Jury selection is due to begin following unsuccessful attempts by Trump to delay the trial.


Donald Trump’s First Criminal Trial to Begin in Manhattan

Donald Trump’s inaugural criminal trial will commence at 10am tomorrow in a Manhattan courthouse. Amid Iran’s notable drone strike against Israel over the weekend, Trump prepares to face nearly three dozen felony counts in New York. The charges stem from an intricate scheme to hide hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels through Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen. Allegedly, Trump falsified business records 34 times related to this effort.

The jury selection process will kick off Monday morning after Trump’s failed attempts to postpone the trial in recent days. Over the weekend, Trump focused on building political support for Mike Johnson, the under-fire GOP speaker of the House. The two men held a press conference at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home on election integrity and border issues, vowing to tackle the minimal threat of undocumented immigrants voting in US elections.

Trump often uses the term “election integrity” to reference the false notion that the 2020 election was rigged and to voice baseless fears of widespread voter fraud in coming elections. This particular press conference came as Johnson wrestles with ongoing threats to his position from Marjorie Taylor Greene and internal disputes over spying legislation in his caucus.

Trump seemed to express support for the speaker, praising his work as they introduced the concept of proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections — a violation of which is already a criminal offence.

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