What we know about the 7 jurors seated Tuesday (2024)

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10:51 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

What we know about the 7 jurors seated Tuesday

Seven jurors have been seated in Donald Trump's hush money criminal trial so far today. Here's what we know about them:

  1. The first seated juror, who will be the foreperson on Trump’s jury, is a man originally from Ireland. He works in sales and has some college education. He is married but doesn’t have kids. He reads the New York Times and Daily Mail and watches some Fox News and MSNBC.
  2. The second juror is an oncology nurse who lives with her fiancé. She’s a native New Yorker. She reads the New York Times and watches CNN.
  3. The third seated juror is a corporate lawyer. He’s originally from Oregon. He gets his news from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Google. He’s a younger man who’s never been married and doesn’t have kids.
  4. The fourth juror is an older man originally from Puerto Rico who’s married with adult children and two grandkids.When asked about his hobbies, he said, "I guess my hobby is my family."He has an IT business for training and consulting and attended one year of college.He told the court he finds Trump fascinating and mysterious. “So many people are set off one way or the other and that is interesting,” the man said. “Really, this one guy can do all of this, wow.”Trump “makes things interesting,” the man said, but also didn’t indicate any strong feelings about his politics.
  5. The fifth juroris a young Black woman who teaches English language in a public charter school system. She has a master’s degree in education, is not married and doesn’t have any kids.The juror said that as a person of color she has friends who have strong opinions on Trump, but she personally is not a political person. She said she tries to avoid political conversations and doesn't really care for the news. The juror did say she appreciates Trump’s candor: “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 was also the only juror of 18 in the box Tuesday morning who said she wasn’t aware that Trump is facing charges in other criminal cases.
  6. The sixth juroris a software engineer at a large broadcast company who recently graduated from college.She voiced no strong feelings about Donald Trump one way or the other and said, “I will be fair and impartial." She is not married and has no kids, currently living with three roommates in Chelsea.The juror gets her news from the New York Times, Google, Facebook and TikTok. She asked the judge whether her sister’s wedding on a Sunday in September would be a scheduling conflict. Merchan quipped, “If we were still here in September that would be a big problem,” garnering laughs in the courtroom.
  7. The seventh juror is a civil litigator who is married with two kids and lives on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Originally from North Carolina, he reads the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Washington Post. He said he has "political views as to the Trump presidency" and that he thinks there were likely Trump administration policies he disagreed with. "I don't know the man and I don't have opinions about him personally," he said. "I certainly follow the news, I'm aware there are other lawsuits out there. But I'm not sure that I know anyone’s character."

This post has been updated with information about the seventh juror.

5:54 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Trump calls judge "conflicted" while leaving court

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Donald Trump, while leaving court for the day, called Judge Juan Merchan "conflicted."

"He's aconflicted judge," the former president said. "We're having a hard time with the New York state system."

Trump also commented on the pace of trial so far after seven jurors were chosen in the first two days.

Merchan is "rushing this trial. And he’s doing as much as he can for the Democrats. This is a Biden-inspired witch hunt and it should end," Trump added.

Facts First:There is no basis for Trump’s claims. There is no evidence that Biden, his White House or his Justice Department has had any role in launching or running Bragg’s case,let alone that Biden operatives are issuing secret commands in the case-and Bragg is a locally elected official who does not report to the federal government.

The post was updated with more comments from Trump on the trial and the fact check on his remarks.

5:39 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Court has adjourned for the day

The court has adjourned for the day.

5:39 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

The seventh juror has been sworn in

The seventh juror seated today has been sworn in.

Judge Juan Merchan said that he is "hopeful we’ll be ready to go Monday morning" with the trial, though he shrugged as he said it.

5:36 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

7th person added to the jury

A total of seven jurors have been selected to serve on the jury. One of the people questioned in this final batch of potential jurors was added to the panel.

Six were selected earlier today.

5:32 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Judge asks jurors to leave courtroom after questioning

Judge Juan Merchan has asked the potential jurors to step outside the courtroom after they were questioned by Donald Trump's lawyers and prosecutors.

5:28 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Prospective juror: "This man's life is on the line, the country's on the line"

In questioning, one of the prospective jurors underscored the seriousness of this trial.

"This is real. This man's life is on the line, the country's on the line, this is serious," the potential juror said.

5:20 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Trump's attorney asks prospective juror for his view on Trump. Juror says it's a "loaded question"

Donald Trump attorney Todd Blanche started his questions by asking the prospective juror who works in real estate — and who said he knows people who knows Trump — whether he has a favorable or unfavorable view of the former president.

The juror responded that it was a "loaded question" as there's a "lot of history" there.

"I’d say there are things that I disagree with, and things I think were done well during his presidency," the potential juror said. "I wouldn't classify it as favorable or unfavorable. But I think things are favorable and other things that are unfavorable."

5:14 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Trump's attorney is now questioning prospective jurors

Prosecutors just wrapped up questioning today's final prospective jurors. Donald Trump attorney Todd Blanche is now up.

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