7 jurors picked on 2nd day of Trump trial jury selection

 April 17, 2024

On the second day of jury selection in former President Donald Trump's hush money trial, three-quarters of jurors had been eliminated from consideration and seven jurors were ultimately chosen.

More than half of the 96 jurors said they could not be impartial in a case that related to the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

By the end of the day on Wednesday, another set of 96 jurors had been sworn in to be considered on Thursday.

The case needs 12 jurors and six alternates, and the process is expected to last for a few more days.

"We'll see what happens"

Trump's legal team used six of its 10 peremptory strikes, and the prosecution used four so far.

On Wednesday night, Trump was asked by reporters what he thinks of the jury so far. “I don’t know. It’s a little bit early to see. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

Judge Juan Merchan predicted that opening arguments will begin on Monday. The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Trump said Merchan was "totally conflicted," likely referring to an accused conflict of interest he thinks is present because Merchan's daughter works for a Democrat fundraising outfit that has raised $93 million from the Trump indictments.

"Rushing this trial"

He also said Merchan was “rushing this trial and doing as much as he can for the Democrats.”

Merchan donated money to Democrat candidates, which is probably more of a conflict of interest than anything his daughter has done.

“This trial is being watched by the whole world,” Trump added.

Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying financial statements. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg transformed what should have been misdemeanor charges that were past the statute of limitations into felonies by claiming they were done to cover up another crime, namely a campaign finance violation for allegedly using campaign funds to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels and other complainants.

Tough case

Bragg may have a tough time making his case because two other federal prosecutors declined to charge Trump for any campaign violations, or any other crimes for that matter.

If Bragg can't prove a federal crime was committed, his case will fall apart. Meanwhile, Trump is stuck in court every day under a gag order instead of campaigning like he should be allowed to do. Election interference at its finest.

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