Highlights from Day 1 of Trump’s hush money trial during jury selection

The proceedings mark the first time a former American president has faced trial on criminal charges, which stem from a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump, who denies any relationship.


What to know about Trump's hush money trial

  • The trial began today with jury selection, which could take up to two weeks because of the large pool of prospective jurors.
  • The charges from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stem from a $130,000 payment Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen made to adult film actor Stormy Daniels at the end of the 2016 election cycle to keep her from going public with an allegation that she and Trump had had an affair. Trump then repaid Cohen in installments marked as legal fees in company records.
  • The proceedings mark the first time a former president has faced a criminal trial; Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records. He has denied the affair and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which he says are politically motivated.
  • Trump is required to be present for the trial, which will take place four days a week and could last eight weeks.
  • Judge Juan Merchan began the day's proceedings by reviewing pending motions. He ruled against a request that he recuse himself from the trial.

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6w ago / 5:55 PM EDT

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6w ago / 4:49 PM EDT

Trump criticizes trial outside courtroom

Ginger GibsonSenior Washington Editor

Trump walked out of the courtroom and addressed a camera in the hallway, saying that the judge's refusal to allow him to attend Supreme Court arguments next week is proof of his unfairness.

"Looks like the judge is not going to allow me to escape this scam," Trump said.

6w ago / 4:47 PM EDT

Trump attorney asks judge to allow Trump to attend SCOTUS oral arguments later this month

Trump attorney Todd Blanche is asking Merchan to allow the former president to attend oral arguments scheduled for April 25 related to his presidential immunity argument before the Supreme Court in the election interference case. It is the first time Blanche has made that request.

6w ago / 4:40 PM EDT

Court adjourned

Adam Reiss
Adam Reiss and Gary Grumbach

Court adjourned at 4:40 p.m. ET

6w ago / 4:33 PM EDT

Judge wrapping up for the day

Adam Reiss
Adam Reiss and Gary Grumbach

The judge is wrapping up for the day after about 10 potential jurors were able to read their survey responses — underscoring just how long the selection process may take. The first half of the day was spent handling motion arguments.

6w ago / 4:32 PM EDT

Prospective juror was law clerk for former judge

A prospective juror facing questioning was once a law clerk to former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

DiFiore was nominated to the role of chief judge by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and confirmed by the state Senate in 2016. She resigned in 2022 amid a dispute with the then-head of the New York State Court Officers Association. Prior to her work as chief judge, DiFiore served as Westchester County district attorney.

6w ago / 4:30 PM EDT

Potential juror admits to not knowing what his girlfriend does

One anonymous potential juror — who works as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx — was asked what his girlfriend does for a living.

She works in finance, he said, but he also admitted to not knowing exactly what she does. Maybe he should be happy the jury is anonymous.

6w ago / 4:21 PM EDT

Potential juror says 'nobody's above the law'

One potential juror — a man who works as a bookseller — said he could be fair. But didn't think Trump was above the law.

“I feel that nobody is above the law, whether it be a former president, or a sitting president," he said.

6w ago / 3:58 PM EDT

Trump heads back to courtroom

Trump is headed back into the courtroom after the short recess.

6w ago / 3:44 PM EDT

Court takes a short recess

Adam Reiss

The jury selection process has paused for a brief recess.