Several more potential jurors dismissed in Trump’s hush money case

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More jurors have been dismissed on the second day of Donald Trump’s hush money case – as he claimed outside court that the trial “should never have been brought”.

No one has yet been chosen on the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in the historic trial which started on Monday.

Several others were excused on Tuesday morning after saying they could not be impartial or because they had other commitments.

Dozens of potential jurors have yet to be questioned.

It is the first of Trump’s four criminal cases to go to trial and may be the only one that could reach a verdict before the presidential vote in November.

If convicted, Trump – the presumptive Republican presidential nominee – would become the first former US president convicted of a crime.

He has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged effort to keep salacious and, he says, bogus stories about his sex life from emerging during his 2016 campaign.

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Before entering the courtroom this morning, Trump stopped briefly to address a TV camera in the hallway, repeating his claim that the judge is biased against him and the case is politically motivated.

“This is a trial that should have never been brought,” Trump said.

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