Trump trial begins: Here are the hush money case weaknesses Trump could exploit

Donald Trump is preparing to embark on a new chapter on Monday: the start of the first criminal trial for a former president and one that he will seek at every juncture to discredit during the six-to-eight-week event.

Monday will mark the start of jury selection, where the court will summon hundreds of prospective jurors and narrow them down to a pool of 12 jurors and six alternates. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat, charged Trump with 34 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, a low-level felony that could result in up to four years behind bars if convicted.

Trump, who will be represented in court by attorneys Todd Blanche and Susan Necheles, has pleaded not guilty.

FILE – Former President Donald Trump, center, appears in court for his arraignment, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

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