Donald Trump trial: Test yourself with 7 questions


Former President Donald Trump‘s legal battle in New York is unprecedented, as the first criminal indictment of a former president. And this landmark trial is one of the biggest news stories in the world.

The case is being brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, led by District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

In March 2023, Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly falsifying business records related to a hush money payment in 2016.

That April in 2023, Trump surrendered at the Manhattan Criminal Court and was formally arrested and arraigned on the charges. He pleaded not guilty.

The Trump family has been critical of the trial, with the former president repeatedly describing it as politically motivated. His son Donald Trump Jr. has been particularly vocal in his criticism of the trial, referring to it as a “leftist spectacle” and a “Kangaroo Court” on X, formerly Twitter.

Trump was frequently accompanied by a sizeable contingent of supporters as he arrived at the courthouse.

The jury will have been paying attention. But how much do you know about the trial? It’s time to put your knowledge to the test with our quiz. Are you going to object, become an expert witness or plead the fifth? Take the quiz and find out.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump at his trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 20, 2024. The case will resume this week.

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After the defense rested its case last week, the judge heard arguments from the prosecution and defense regarding the jury instructions he will provide before deliberations commence. The court was in recess for a week, with closing arguments scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 28. The jury is anticipated to receive the case and start deliberating on Wednesday, May 29.

After closing arguments, Judge Juan Merchan will provide lengthy instructions to the jury on how to interpret the law and evidence during their deliberations.

The 12 jurors will then begin deliberating in private until they reach a unanimous verdict of guilty or not guilty on each of the 34 counts of falsifying business records. If they cannot unanimously agree, it would result in a mistrial.

If convicted, Trump would likely be sentenced several weeks or months later, though he would likely avoid prison time as a first-time offender for this nonviolent crime.

Let us know in the comments below how you did in the quiz. Newsweek has provided up-to-date reporting throughout the trial, with our reporter Katherine Fung on hand to watch as proceedings unfold.

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