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Trump's hush money trial begins Monday morning with jury selection

This will be the first time former president will stand trial on criminal charges
Donald Trump sits at defense table for arraignment in Manhattan court, April 4, 2023
Posted at 9:41 AM, Apr 14, 2024

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump is set to make history as his hush money criminal trial begins Monday. He is the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges as his hush money case opens Monday with jury selection.

The indictment includes 34 criminal counts including 11 invoices by Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and dozens of allegedly false business records.

This has to do with more than $400,000 that Cohen received as repayment during Trump's first year in office and with alleged hush money payments paid to Stormy Daniels to deny claims of an affair during the 2016 election.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the podium during a campaign event in Schnecksville, Pa., on Saturday, April 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Joe Lamberti)

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9:16 AM, Apr 14, 2024

The alleged hush money payments were listed in the Trump ledger as a "legal retainer" which is something prosecutors say was done to hide those expenses.

"If he makes the judge mad enough, if he is wild enough in his antics in the courtroom or in the way in which he portrays himself if he were to testify in this case — if he is particularly indignant, a judge does have some room with a conviction like this to order some amount of jail time," said Andrew Cherkasky, former federal prosecutor.

Donald Trump was in a federal courtroom in Fort Pierce for a hearing to dismiss the federal criminal case involving his handling of classified documents.

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12:26 PM, Apr 14, 2024

On Friday at Mar-a-Lago, Trump said the jury selection would be “largely luck” and said he would “absolutely” testify if asked.

In terms of the classified documents case closer to home, a firm date still has not been set yet by District Judge Aileen Cannon in Fort Pierce.

This image, contained in the indictment against former President Donald Trump, shows boxes of records stored in a bathroom and shower in the Lake Room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump is facing 37 felony charges related to the mishandling of classified documents according to an indictment unsealed Friday, June 9, 2023.

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