Three Trump-related cases will go to trial in New York on Monday

Former President Donald Trump is in the testing center holding proceedings in three different courtrooms on Monday.

Cases range from civil to criminal, state and federal. Trump is named in a lawsuit in the Bronx, his company is named in a Manhattan Criminal Case and a longtime friend and mentor is in the middle of a criminal trial in Brooklyn.

Here’s a look at where the cases stand:

Disputes begin in Trump Organization criminal trial

In Manhattan, the Trump Organization, through two corporate entities — Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation — has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges related to allegations that the company provided tax-free “indirect employee compensation” to executives. Opening statements in the case are scheduled to begin Monday morning

Last week prosecutors and defense attorneys interviewed dozens of potential jurors, asking them probing questions about their feelings toward Trump, even though he is not charged in the case. Potential jurors were faced with the question of whether they could set aside their views of Trump — in many cases expressed with intense revulsion — in order to consider the charges against his company.

Former President Trump holds a rally in Robstown, Texas
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America rally on October 22, 2022 in Robstown, Texas.


The process was fraught and many concluded that they could not. In at least one case, a potential juror initially believed he could before realizing he was wrong.

After saying on Oct. 24 that he could be impartial to Trump, on Oct. 27, the prospective juror asked to speak to Judge Juan Mercan. He said that for three days he had “very strong feelings about Donald Trump that turned into a very visceral feeling in my gut that I used to feel when he was president,” reflecting his dislike of Trump. He was justified.

The jury challenge was summed up in a social media post by defense lawyer Michael van der Veen, who said, “the politics in the jury pool in this case runs nine out of 10 against our client.”

“For a fair trial, we must keep politics out,” van der Veen wrote.

Trump called the charges the result of a “witch hunt” and accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his predecessor who opened the investigation, Cyrus Vance, of acting out of political enmity.

The closing arguments in the trial of Thomas Barrack

Politics are front and center in the billionaire businessman’s ongoing criminal trial Thomas Baraka longtime Trump friend and adviser who served as chairman of the 2016 Inaugural Committee.

Barak is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in an attempt to influence US foreign policy in favor of United Arab Emirates (UAE) interests and has pleaded not guilty. In that case, as in the Trump Organization trial in Manhattan, potential jurors in Brooklyn federal court were questioned about their feelings toward Trump and told Trump he could even be called to the stand.

That never materialized, but two Trump administration officials testified — former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Barak himself has been on the stand to testify in his own defense for the last week and will continue on Monday.

Barak has described his communications with UAE officials about the Trump administration as “inflatable” and attempts to mediate disputes.

Barak is expected to be the last witness called in the case, and Judge Brian Cogan indicated Friday that the jury could begin deliberations this week.

The civil trial of Trump and company begins

Trump’s political and corporate interests are merging in a lawsuit that goes to civil trial Monday in the Bronx, where five plaintiffs say they were assaulted and property destroyed by Trump’s security team outside Trump Tower in September 2015.

The men had protested statements by Trump – then a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination – about civil rights and Mexican immigrants.

Their case progressed slowly while Trump was president, but eventually included a court-ordered videotaped deposition by Trump that was completed in October 2021. Others in Trump’s orbit during the early days of his candidacy were also deposed in the lawsuit.

Trump and the Trump Organization are named in the lawsuit and have denied all the allegations. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

Potential jurors will crowd into a courtroom Monday and be told — like others in Manhattan last week and in Brooklyn last month — that they will have to put aside their preconceptions about Trump, who could be called as a witness. , and make an unbiased decision.

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