Potential juror exempted from Trump Organization fraud trial because “there’s no way in hell” she could be impartial and “in my mind he’s guilty, whatever the case may be”
- The first day of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal tax fraud case against the Trump Organization began Monday
- More than 100 potential jurors were summoned from the Democratic stronghold
- A 34-year-old would-be juror said ‘he’s guilty in my mind, whatever the case’
- Trump himself will not be charged in the case that entangled his family real estate empire, as well as his longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg
- Weisselberg pleaded guilty in August to accepting nearly $2 million in lavish off-the-books gifts while knowingly evading payroll taxes
- Trump wrote on Truth Social that Weisselberg was ‘tortured’ to plead guilty
A woman has reportedly been removed from the pool of potential jurors who will judge whether the Trump Organization is guilty of tax fraud because she claimed she could be impartial.
The criminal trial of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg began Monday with jury selection.
It was expected that both sides would have a hard time finding suitable jurors in the Democratic stronghold.
That was true of at least one person — a 34-year-old advertising executive who told reporters outside the downtown courthouse that she already believed Trump was “guilty.”
“In my mind, whatever the case may be, he’s guilty — everything he does, everything his company does,” she said, according to Insider.
The woman, identified only as Adrienne, said she could “definitely not” be impartial in the process.
Another person who was ultimately not selected as a juror said a fellow contestant said to her, “I hate Trump.”
They are part of a pool of more than 100 people called to court on Monday.
Potential jurors required to speak privately with the judge and attorneys raise their hands at the jury selection for the Trump Organization’s criminal tax trial at Manhattan Criminal Court, New York City, US, Oct. 24. Monday marks the first day of the long-awaited trial
Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass arrives for the first day of proceedings
Trump’s lawyer Michael van der Veen (left) called the trial a “witch hunt” outside the courtroom on Monday
The former president himself has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the case, which has enveloped his family’s real estate empire.
But prosecutors say his company engaged in fraudulent practices by compensating drivers with lavish gifts such as cars, luxury apartments and tuition – in order to evade payroll taxes.
The Trump Organization has denied guilt, but longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg is expected to be New York’s star witness after pleading guilty over the summer.
Weisselberg admitted to accepting nearly $2 million in off-the-books compensatory benefits during his time working for the Trump Organization.
But despite months of pressure to criticize his boss, the warden instead accepted a 100-day jail sentence — a fraction of the 15 years he could have been served — and agreed to give a scarier testimony about the tax-fraud scheme that left him overcharged. was provided with high-end cars, apartments and tuition for his children.
Trump himself has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but his family real estate empire faces legal peril along with his longtime Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg
Trump claimed Weisselberg was ‘threatened’ to plead guilty in August 2022
He raged during the trial on his social media platform Truth Social as it took off
In a post on his Truth Social app on Monday, Trump called the case a “witch hunt” and suggested prosecutors “tortured” Weisselberg to plead guilty.
He also accused Democratic DA Bragg of political motives, noting that the midterm elections are only a short time away.
The highly partisan Democrat witch hunt continues, this time in New York where, after reviewing millions of pages of documents over many years, charges were brought against a long-time Trump executive whom they had ‘tortured’ and threatened for years. , for failing to pay taxes on the use of company cars, the use of a company apartment and the upbringing of his grandchildren,” Trump wrote in the tortuous post.
‘Never before has such a ‘supplementary benefit’ case been brought under criminal law (?) in the US, and of course during the important midterm elections!’
A Trump Organization attorney said last week that the defense will try to portray Weisselberg as a liar when he admitted to knowingly breaking the law.
“Weisselberg will testify that he believed everything he did was wrong,” she said during a video conference.
“We think he’s lying and we want to show it.”
Prosecutors allege Trump organization evaded payroll taxes by compensating executives with lavish gifts