Day one of jury selection in hush money case : Trump's Trials For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR's Andrea Bernstein.

Today marks the start of former President Donald Trump's first criminal trial. He is charged with 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records. Trump was in the courtroom for the day's events.

The morning was filled with pre-trial rulings by Judge Juan Merchan related to evidence and testimony. In the afternoon, 96 potential jurors entered the courtroom where they were asked a series of questions about subjects like their ability to be fair, their occupation and where they get their news. Some were excused while others advanced into the next round of questioning. Jury selection is expected to take two weeks.

Topics include:
- Trump in the courtroom
- Decisions on evidence and testimony
- Potential jurors questioned

Follow the show on Apple Podcasts or Spotify for new episodes each Saturday.

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Day one of jury selection in hush money case

Day one of jury selection in hush money case

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 15: Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears with his legal team ahead of the start of jury selection at Manhattan criminal court on April 15, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 15: Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears with his legal team ahead of the start of jury selection at Manhattan criminal court on April 15, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Images)

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For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR's Andrea Bernstein.

Today marks the start of former President Donald Trump's first criminal trial. He is charged with 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records. Trump was in the courtroom for the day's events.

The morning was filled with pre-trial rulings by Judge Juan Merchan related to evidence and testimony. In the afternoon, 96 potential jurors entered the courtroom where they were asked a series of questions about subjects like their ability to be fair, their occupation and where they get their news. Some were excused while others advanced into the next round of questioning. Jury selection is expected to take two weeks.

Topics include:
- Trump in the courtroom
- Decisions on evidence and testimony
- Potential jurors questioned

Follow the show on Apple Podcasts or Spotify for new episodes each Saturday.

Sign up for sponsor-free episodes and support NPR's political journalism at plus.npr.org/trumpstrials.

Email the show at trumpstrials@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Tyler Bartlam and edited by William Troop. Our executive producers are Beth Donovan and Sami Yenigun. Eric Marrapodi is NPR's Vice President of News Programming.