A guide to Donald Trump's first criminal trial​

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Former President Donald Trump’s first criminal trial​ — focused on the charges surrounding hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election​ — is set to start on Monday, April 15, in Manhattan.​ Yahoo News National Correspondent Andrew Romano presents a guide to what to expect as the trial gets underway.

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ANDREW ROMANO: As of now, former president Donald Trump's first criminal trial is set to start Monday, April 15 in Manhattan. The trial is focused on the charges surrounding hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election. Proceedings won't be broadcast live. But because this is a criminal trial, Trump will be there in person.

Donald Trump isn't just the first former president to face criminal charges. He's a current candidate for president and he's facing four separate cases. And until now, a lot of the speculation analysis about how this would affect his campaign has been theoretical.

Our "Yahoo News YouGov Polling" shows that a majority of Americans think Donald Trump shouldn't be president again if convicted of a serious crime. The question is, how serious do they consider the hush money trial to be? Trump had no problem clinching the Republican nomination despite all of the charges and indictments against him. But once this trial plays out in the news over the coming months, we'll see.

If Trump is convicted, that could change people's opinions. It's important to note that there's nothing in the Constitution, nothing in the law that says if Trump is convicted and found guilty that he can't be president again. The only force that could stop him is voters.