Historic hush money trial against Trump begins in New York

The historic trial against the expected renewed US presidential candidate Donald Trump for concealing a hush money payment begins in New York on Monday. It is the first criminal trial against a former US president. Trump is accused of concealing a $130,000 hush money payment to former porn actress Stormy Daniels by forging business documents. He is charged with 34 cases of such forgery and the 77-year-old Republican faces imprisonment.

Stormy Daniels says she had an affair with Trump, which he denies. The trial begins with the selection of twelve jurors. This is a complicated process that can take days or even weeks. Trump is also facing criminal charges in three other cases, including his attempts to retroactively overturn his 2020 election defeat against now-President Joe Biden. It is unclear when these processes might begin. Trump wants to run against Biden again in the November election.