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Jury selection nears conclusion in Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York

Jury selection has concluded in the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump, with opening statements scheduled for Monday. The trial, taking place in New York, centers on a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels to silence her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump. Trump has denied the allegations and faces 34 felony counts. The trial has seen multiple attempts to delay proceedings, with Trump using it as a political rallying cry and prosecutors seeking to bring up his prior legal entanglements if he takes the witness stand.

Sources: - https://apnews.com/24147c3774c8a411044c530cafcab292

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Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/trump-trial-jury-hush-money-stormy-daniels-e262d1fe4a9ca624f2f983ca1000eb55 - https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/05/27/hush-money-trial-closing-arguments-cohen-goodman-ebof-digvid.cnn - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/28/closing-arguments-defense-prosecution-trump-trial/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/05/28/g-s1-1193/trump-hush-money-trial