Donald Trump's Hush Money Trial: Live Updates

Follow along for live updates as the former president's first criminal trial gets underway in New York City.

Former president Donald Trump’s hush money trial began Monday, marking the first time an ex-president has been tried on criminal charges.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is charged with 34 felony counts related to his alleged efforts to conceal $130,000 in hush money payments made in 2016 to silence claims he had an extramarital affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors are expected to link the case to allegations of a “catch and kill” scheme to bury other negative stories about Trump before the election.

Trump is represented by Todd Blanche and Susan Necheles, two experienced New York attorneys hand-picked by the former president for this particular case.

Blanche left a career at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft to start a firm and represent Trump, while Necheles has experience representing the Trump Organization in the past, according to The Washington Post.

Across from Trump’s team are Susan Hoffinger and Joshua Steinglass, chosen by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to lead the prosecution. Steinglass has experience prosecuting high-profile murder cases and will question witnesses and give closing arguments.

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who served jail time on campaign finance charges related to his role in facilitating the payments, is expected to testify, as is Daniels. Judge Juan Merchan is presiding.

On Thursday, Merchan announced that 12 jurors had been selected, and the case will move forward.

Follow along for live updates from the trial: