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Donald Trump is mad about how jury selection is going so far

Donald Trump is mad about how jury selection is going so far

 


Former President Donald Trump is unhappy with how the jury selection process is going in his criminal trial in Manhattan.

“I thought STRIKES were supposed to be 'unlimited' when we were choosing our jury? I was then told we only had 10, which is nowhere near enough when we were deliberately assigned the second worst venue in the country,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social on Wednesday. “Don't worry, we also have the first worst, as the witch hunt continues! ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”

On Tuesday, the jury selection process for Trump's criminal trial in Manhattan continued. Trump was previously indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for alleged secret payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

Bragg indicted Trump in April 2023, accusing the former president of “fraudulently falsifying business records in New York to conceal crimes that withheld information harmful to voters during the 2016 presidential election.”

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and has denied any wrongdoing in the case. He was previously placed under silence after criticizing the daughter of New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the case.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's spokesperson via email for comment.

Former President Donald Trump on April 16, 2024 in New York. On April 17, 2024, Trump spoke out against the jury selection process during his criminal trial. Former President Donald Trump on April 16, 2024 in New York. On April 17, 2024, Trump spoke out against the jury selection process during his criminal trial. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Seven jurors were selected Tuesday after prosecutors and defense attorneys dismissed several dozen potential jurors in an effort to eliminate any potential bias. Jury members had to answer a series of 42 questions and were subjected to scrutiny from both sides of the case before taking their seats.

A total of 12 jurors are expected to be selected for the trial, along with six alternate jurors.

During one point during the jury selection process on Tuesday, Trump attorney Todd Blanche raised an issue with one of a potential juror's Facebook posts. Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press detailed a conversation on X, formerly Twitter, between Blanche and Judge Merchan about the possible juror.

“When the juror was asked her opinion of President Trump, she said nothing. But when he lost the election, they celebrated on Facebook – they got in the car and honked the horn,” she said. writes Russell Lee, quoting Blanche.

Judge Merchan did not immediately excuse the juror in question and said that while she did not want a juror who spoke out against Trump, she noted that she thought the potential juror in question could be fair and impartial, as she said.

However, the juror was later dismissed after Trump's legal team used one of their preemptive strikes against her.

The Guardian reported that Trump “nodded and offered a smile” in response to a potential juror saying he had read Trump's books, The Art of the Deal, How to Be Rich and Think Like a Champion.

The trial will not take place Wednesday but is expected to resume Thursday because the jury selection process will take several weeks.

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