Donald Trump trial LIVE: Ex-president sparks speculation he fell asleep AGAIN as dismissed juror reveals why she was sent home

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Donald Trump made history on Monday by becoming the first former president to face the start of a criminal trial.

The 77-year-old returned to Manhattans court on Tuesday for the second day of jury selection, having selected no members of the panel so far.

Follow DailyMail.com’s minute-by-minute coverage from reporters in the court as the historic hush-money trial continues. 

Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche says they have dug up social media posts of the prospective jurors

Donald Trump’s lead attorney Todd Blanche told the court on Tuesday that his team had unearthed social media posts that are ‘contrary’ to the answers they gave.

Judge Juan Merchan then said each candidate could be questioned in private about concerning online activity.

Trump takes his seat as the afternoon session begins

The former president did not say anything as he walked back to the defense table.

A recap of the morning session: Still no jurors selected

The issues with trying the most famous man in the world are becoming more apparent.

24 hours after jury selection began, no prospective candidates have been selected for the final panel of 12.

Eighteen have made it through two rounds of screening: Including a simple question of whether they think they can be impartial, followed by a series of 42 brutal questions about their lives.

Now the prosecution and defense will decide which members they want to swipe.

Each side has up to 10 disqualifations at their disposal, meaning the process could still drag on.

Experts believe it could take anywhere between five days and two weeks.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass, right, speaks while former U.S. President Donald Trump, left, sits in court during the second day of jury selection in his criminal hush money trial in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, New York, U.S. April 16, 2024 in this court sketch. Christine Cornell/Pool via REUTERS

The court takes lunch, and will return to challenge jurors

Prospective juror says she appreciates how Trump ‘speaks his mind’

A black woman being consdiered for the jury insisted she did not consider herself a political person and admitted she didn’t know Trump was sitting in other criminal trials.

She told the court her friends have strong opinions of the former president, but she didn’t care for politics.

‘President Trump speaks his mind and I’d rather that than someone who’s in office who you don’t know what they’re thinking,’ she said.

When Trump lead attorney Todd Blanche asked the jurors in the box knew there were three other cases against him, she was the only one to raise her hand.

Trump leaves the court as prosecutors and defendants consider which jurors they want to strike

Donald Trump’s lawyers and the prosecutors questioned each lawyer on whether they could be impartial to decide whether they would stay on the panel.

When questioned by Trump’s lead attorney Todd Blanche, a man from Puerto Rico said of Trump: ‘I find him fascinating

‘He walks into a room and he sets people off and I find that really interesting.

‘One guy can do all this. Wow. He makes things interesting. 

‘So many people are set off one way or the other. That’s interesting.’

One older white-haired woman with small black glasses became animated, speaking without the microphone, when it came to the question of whether or not Trump testifies.

‘If he decides not to speak, … that’s your right, you can’t presume that makes him guilty,’ she said, waving her hand for emphasis.

‘It’s really, the prosecutor is the one that has to present those facts and prove them, but as I said, he has the right not to say them.”

At the end of her somewhat impassioned speech, Blanche said, ‘I don’t think I could have said it better myself.’

Another woman admitted she was a fan of the Apprentice in middle school and followed the news around Donald Trump.

Fake snooze? Reports of Trump nodding off in court

There are reports Trump nodded off on the second day of the laborious jury selection process.

It follows a previous report by the New York Times yesterday that he had fallen asleep.

Trump apparently was not pleased with that report, and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said he later ‘glared’ at her.

Today Law360’s Frank G. Runyeon wrote: ‘Trump’s head slowly dropped, his eyes closed. It jerked back upward. He adjusts himself.

‘Then, his head droops again. He straightens up, leaning back. His head for a third time, he shakes his shoulders. Eyes closed still. His head drops. Finally, he pops his eyes open.’

Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defence table during jury selection in his trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. April 16, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Can you ‘look the defendant in the eye and say guilty’ if necessary, prosecutor asks the jury

Steinglass asked the jury if they were prepared to ‘come back and look the defendant in the eye and say guilty’ if it was necessary.

He said he was going to ‘go down the line, take a look at the defendant and look inside yourself’ and ask if they could render a verdict of guilty if that was their decision.

Trump stared intently in the direction of the jury as they did so.

All of them indicated they could.

Prosecutors admit some of the witnesses in the case ‘have baggage’

With a heavy dose of understatement, Steinglass told the court that several witnesses in the case ‘have some baggage’ and that one was a tabloid publisher and another was an adult film star.

Then there was Michael Cohen who had ‘pled guilty to several federal crimes including lying to Congress’.

Trump shook his head in frustration when Steinglass said that some witnesses had written books and done podcasts and ‘publicly denied’ many of the matters they were going to testify to in the trial.

Trump’s frustration appeared to be aimed at Cohen, who he has repeatedly called a liar.

Steinglass said that the case was ‘not a referendum on whether you like the witnesses’.

‘Can you separate believability from likability?’ he said.

Nobody in the jury said that was an issue.

Voir dire begins with 18 potential jurors having answered the 42 questions. Prosecutors say: ‘This case has nothing to do with your personal politics’

Prosecutor Josh Steinglass talks to the 18 potential jurors on a mike at the podium

He says: ‘I’m sure many of you are saying to yourself, how am I being considered for this case?

‘We’re going to ask you to not get out of it resist the urge to flee the courtroom and give the most honest answers you can

‘We’re trying to pick a jury that’s fair to both sides. The defendant in this case is a former President and a current candidate for that office

‘We don’t expect you to have lived under a rock for the past 30 years

‘This case has nothing to do with your personal politics.

‘It’s not a referendum on the Trump presidency, or a popularity contest or an indication of who you’re going to vote for.

‘We don’t care. This case is about whether this man broke the law’.

Dismissed Trump juror reveals why she was sent home by the judge and what it was like to see him in person for the first time

A juror dismissed from Donald Trump’s hush money case has spoken out after she was sent home.

Kara McGee told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse that she was dismissed because of scheduling conflicts.

‘I don’t like him,’ she said of Trump. ‘I don’t approve of what he did as president, but the right to a fair trial is extremely important’.

She also spoke to CNN and revealed what it was like to see Trump in court for the first time.

‘It’s fascinating because there are two very contrasting senses.

‘On the one hand, there is this massive sense of gravitas.’

The other, she said, was that she saw Trump sitting there and realized he is ‘just a dude’.

Trump smiles and nods as prospective juror reveals he has read ex-president’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ and ‘How to be Rich’

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court for DailyMail.com

Trump has been following along as jurors answer 42 questions about the law, whether they can serve on a jury, and what they know about Trump.

Question 36 is: ‘The defendant in this case has written a number of books. Have you read (or listened to audio) of any one or more of those books? If so, which ones?’

A twice-married middle aged male prospective juror grabbed Trump’s attention when he answered yes, saying he had read ‘The Art of the Deal’ and ‘How to be Rich.’ 

‘Is that not correct?’ he asks, realising perhaps that he has misremembered the title of ‘How to Get Rich.’

Trump twisted to see the man more clearly, before smiling broadly and nodding to himself.

Trump could face a juror who was a Mexican immigrant and became a nationalized citizen while he was President

Donald Trump could face a Mexican immigrant who became nationalized while he was President on his jury.

The man told the court that he became a citizen in 2017 and works in finance.

He said that he lived alone with his dog and liked to travel, see family and friends and go scuba diving and skiing.

His media was the New York Times, Huffington Post, MSNBC and ‘LGBTQ related podcasts’.

Five jurors now dismissed – including a man and woman

It has not been a promising start for jury selection in the courtroom.

Five jurors have already been sent home becuase they admitted they can’t be impartial or because of a scheduling conflict

A man who works in finance was also excused, the third to be dismissed

A male juror who works in finance was dismissed after saying he had concerns about being able to manage his work while serving on the jury.

That’s the third to be dismissed today.

Two jurors are excused at the start of the second day – including a man who said he listened to Barstool Sports and watches Fox News

A partner in an accounting and consulting firm was dismissed by the court after saying that he would struggle to be impartial because he grew up in Texas to a Republican family.

The man said that in the accounting world ‘a lot of people intellectually slant Republican’ and he could have some ‘unconscious bias around that’.

The man said he he attended Texas A&M university and ‘growing up a bunch of family and friends were Republicans it’s going to be tough to be impartial’ during the trial

He added that he listened to Barstool sports podcasts and watched Fox News.

Judge Merchan excused him after consulting with lawyers for both sides.

A female juror was then excused after telling the court in a weak voice that after thinking about it ‘I don’t think I can be impartial and unbiased’.

Trump takes his seat as is loyal aide Margo Martin arrives in court

Donald Trump has taken his seat for the second day of jury selection in the Manhattan hush money trial.

He was followed by his loyal aide Margo Martin, who has been by his side since he left the White House.

Outside court, Trump called the case a ‘disgrace’ and lamaneted the fact he is being kept off the campaign trail.

Margo Martin Donald Trump attends the second day of jury selection in the hush money case filed against him by DA Bragg. Curtis Means for DailyMail.com/Pool
Former President Donald Trump awaits the start of proceedings on the second day of jury selection at Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in New York. Donald Trump returned to the courtroom Tuesday as a judge works to find a panel of jurors who will decide whether the former president is guilty of criminal charges alleging he falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 campaign. (Justin Lane/Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump’s pre-trial morning routine includes talking to reporters, keeping grim facial expressions upon arrival in court

From Senior U.S. Political Reporter Rob Crilly at Manhattan Criminal Court:

It’s Day two of the hush money case and Trump has settled into a routine. He leaves Trump Tower at about 8:30am for the short motorcade journey downtown to Manhattan Criminal Court.

There he rides the elevator to the 15th floor with his team of lawyers, pausing outside courtroom 1530 to talk to a small pool of reporters in the hallway (railing against what he says is election interference by prosecutors on Monday and proclaiming his innocence on Tuesday).

Once inside the empty courtroom he settles down in a leather backed chair between his lawyers, a picture of grim-faced defiance. Behind him Jason Miller, one of his top aides, takes a seat at the back of the court room.

Then about half a dozen photographers are allowed in to take photographs.

Trump  leans forward, chin out in something of a power pose. The message is clear: He won’t be beaten by the court.

Former President Donald Trump speaks before entering the courtroom at Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in New York. Donald Trump returned to the courtroom Tuesday as a judge works to find a panel of jurors who will decide whether the former president is guilty of criminal charges alleging he falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Trump lashes out at Biden ahead of Day 2 of his criminal hush money trial saying he’s weaponizing the courts to win the 2024 election

‘This is all coming from Biden White House. Because the guy can’t put two sentences together. He can’t campaign.’

‘He’s using this in order to try and win an election. But it’s not working that way, it’s working the opposite way.’

Donald Trump could be excused for a sleepless night before becoming the first US president to face trial on Monday, but his campaign team emphatically rejected claims he actually fell asleep in court.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN that Trump struggled to stay awake and eventually dozed off as jury selection got underway at his hush money trial in New York.

The claim sparked a wave of hashtags on social media and was leapt on by the Biden/Harris campaign – long dogged by Trump’s nickname of ‘Sleepy Joe’ for the sitting president.

While Donald Trump is stuck in court, his rival Joe Biden heads out on the campaign trail

From Senior U.S. Political Reporter Emily Goodin:

While Donald Trump is stuck in a New York courtroom this week, his rival Joe Biden will be on the campaign trail, courting voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Biden is spending three days in the critical state. On Tuesday, he’ll be in his birth place of Scranton, where he’ll pitch his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy.

As he emphasizes his blue-collar roots, Biden will repeat his argument that Trump, a billionaire, only wants to help the wealthy.

The president will spend Tuesday night in Scranton and then head to Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. He then returns to the White House, only to turn around and go back to Pennsylvania on Thursday, this time visiting Philadelphia.

Those later stops include fundraisers for his re-election campaign.

Trump won the state from Democrats in the 2016 election, which helped put him in the White House. But Biden took it back in the 2020 contest, although he only won by a mere one point.

Each candidate needs the state if he wants to return to the White House next year.

Trump was last in the state on Saturday, when he held a rally in Schnecksville. The former president’s campaigning has been limited to weekends as he fights off criminal charges in New York.

epa11280983 US President Joe Biden reacts during a meeting with Czech Republic's prime minister in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 15 April 2024. EPA/BONNIE CASH / POOL

Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower ahead of the second day of jury selection

Donald Trump was in high spirits as he strolled out of his Manhattan residence on Monday morning as he prepared for the trip downtown to court.

Wearing a striped blue tie and light blue shirt, he waved to the crowd before joining the motorcade ahead of the second day of jury selection.

On Monday he was warned by the judge that he could be jailed for misbehaving and slammed warnings that he may have to skip son Barron’s high school graduation

Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to head to Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City. 16 April 2024.
Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to head to Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City. 16 April 2024.
Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to head to Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City. 16 April 2024.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg arrives at court

Donald Trump’s nemsis Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrived in court on Monday for the second day of jury selection.

The prosecutor, who was sat in the court on the first day, entered the downtown building with two cups from Dunkin Donuts and a banana.

Trump has frequently targeted Bragg and claims he is spearheading the political ‘persecution’ into him.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (L) arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for the second day of the trial of former US President Donald Trump for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs in New York City on April 16, 2024. Trump said April 15, 2024, that he has a

Trump raised $1million on the first day of the trial, daughter-in-law Lara says

Donald Trump raised more than a $1million in donations during the first day of the Manhattan criminal trial, his daughter-in-law Lara said.

The co-chair of the Republican National Committee said the average contribution was $28, and ripped into the hush-money case.

‘The people of America spoke up yesterday in support of Donald Trump to the tune of a million and a half dollars raised for his campaign,’ she told Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning.

‘The average donation was $28, so even here, in the abysmal Biden economy, people are coming out and they are financially supporting this president’.

Lara Trump, the newly-elected co-chair of the Republican National Committee, holds up a donation check as she gives an address during the general session of the RNC Spring Meeting Friday, March 8, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Donald Trump lambasted the judge in his historic hush money trial for potentially refusing him permission to attend his son Barron’s high school graduation next month.

The former president also castigated the judge for stopping him going to the U.S. Supreme Court next week for a hearing related to January 6.

Trump let loose outside court after day one of jury selection as he became the first U.S. ex-president to stand criminal trial.

Barron, 18, graduates from high school on May 17 and the trial is set to still be going on by then.

Hundreds of potential jurors will return to the court this morning to go through the gruelling process of getting on the panel.

Of the more than 50 prospective jurors who initially raised their hands when asked if they felt they couldn’t be fair or impartial:

  • More than two dozen were white women
  • 14 were white men
  • One was a Hispanic woman
  • Four were women of Asian descent
  • One man was of Asian descent
  • Six were ‘unknown’. 

Those who didn’t then were given a list of 42 questions by the judge in the jury box.

Here is what they asked.

Trump is accused paying Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in order for her to keep silent about the pair’s alleged extra marital affair.

Five months before the 2016 presidential election, American Media Inc, the publisher of the National Enquirer, paid McDougal, 53, $150,000 in exchange for her tell all story. The interview was never published.

The alleged affair became public knowledge in a subsequent interview that McDougal did with The Wall Street Journal in 2016.

Trump denies McDougal’s allegations. Her payment is not subject to criminal investigation but prosecutors say it will establish a pattern of behavior on Trump’s part, something Trump lawyer Todd Blanche attempted to argue against.

Judge Merchan said that the jury did not need to hear about the timing of the alleged McDougal affair, which according to the former model, occurred at the time Melania Trump was pregnant with Barron Trump.

Donald Trump returns to a Manhattan court this morning for the second day of jury selection in the hush money trial.

No jurors have so far been selected for the panel in what could be a lengthy process to find a group of impartial Manhattan residents.

More than 50 of the first group of 96 candidates admitted they couldn’t be impartial, and were dismissed by the judge.

Here is what happened as the dramatic first day drew to a close, and where we stand today.

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