Trump hush money trial: Juror excused after saying she does not think she can be fair

One of the jurors selected and sworn in earlier this week to serve on the jury for former President Trump’s criminal trial was excused Thursday morning after she said she no longer believed she could be fair. Seven jurors were selected and sworn in on Tuesday during the second day of jury selection. The court does not meet on Wednesdays for the Trump trial, and it reconvened for the third day of jury selection on Thursday morning. Juror #2, a woman who lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and works as a nurse, returned to court Thursday morning and said that after further thought, she had concerns about being fair and balanced in the case. FORMER AG BARR RIPS ‘POLITICAL’ TRUMP HUSH MONEY CASE, SAYS ‘REAL THREAT’ TO DEMOCRACY IS PROGRESSIVE LEFT”I definitely have concerns,” she said, noting that her family and friends questioned if she was serving on the jury. “I don’t think I can be fair.” She also said she thought that “outside influence” would “interfere.” The woman also noted that she did not want aspects of her identity to be reported. Judge Juan Merchan excused her and warned the press about covering the trial. “You can write about anything on the record, but apply common sense when writing about jurors using physical descriptions and descriptors,” Merchan said.POTENTIAL TRUMP HUSH MONEY TRIAL JURORS BEING ASKED 42 QUESTIONSMerchan directed the press to refrain from writing about anything that can be observed with eyes in order to “ensure jurors remain safe.””We lost what would have been a good juror,” Merchan said, adding that she was “afraid of being intimidated.” After the departure of juror #2, six jurors have been sworn in. Twelve more jurors are needed before opening arguments can begin. Former President Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president is expected to testify during his trial. “I tell the truth,” Trump said last week, when asked about his possible testimony. Trump is the first president in United States history to stand criminal trial. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 
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