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In case you missed Donald Trump's hush money trial, here are this week's highlights

Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — The historic first criminal trial of a former U.S. president got off to a wild start.

Between Donald Trump nodding off, jurors being selected only to drop out, and Trump’s alleged repeat violations of a gag order prohibiting him from speaking publicly about trial participants, it’s clear the six-week trial will be an unprecedented chapter in the history of both politics and criminal justice.

Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts for allegedly falsifying business records to cover up hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, Playboy model Karen MacDougal and a Trump Tower doorman.

The first week was focused on jury selection, with three panels of prospective jurors, totaling around 300 people, brought in and questioned to form a jury of 12 with six alternates.

This coming week is expected to see opening statements and the first witnesses as the court examines how Trump allegedly made the hush money payments in a bid to influence the results of the 2016 election — just as the nation stares down the next one.

Here are the highlights from Week 1 of the trial, in case you missed it.



The first day of the trial kicked off with several legal blows for Trump, who nodded off points during the trial. Outside the courthouse, dozens of MAGA supporters — outnumbered by members of the media — came out in support of Trump, along with a few counter-protestors.

Judge Juan Merchan denied Trump’s team’s second motion to recuse himself from the case because his daughter is employed by a political firm that works with Democrats.

“To say that these claims are attenuated is an understatement,” Merchan said. “The court will not address this matter further.”


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