As the hush-money trial involving former President Donald Trump is poised to commence Monday in Manhattan, a former federal prosecutor on Monday shed light on the jury selection process set to unfold.

Step one in the trial is the task of handpicking an impartial jury, a task that Trump’s attorneys have argued would be difficult given the political atmosphere of New York City. However, their petitions to have the trial moved out of the city have repeatedly been rejected.

“The political affiliation of the majority of the people in a jurisdiction is not a basis for moving a trial out of the venue where the alleged criminal conduct occurred,” said Jessica Roth, a former federal prosecutor with the Southern District of New York and currently a professor at Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, during an appearance on "Mornings On 1."

She noted the goal is to assemble a group of 18 Manhattan residents—12 jurors and six alternates—without any biases or strong sentiments concerning the former president.

A crucial component of this process lies in the jury questionnaire unveiled by Judge Juan Merchan, which includes questions such as whether jurors have ever attended a Trump rally or campaign event.

Additionally, it poises questions about ties to organizations—like the Proud Boys, the QAnon movement or Antifa—and what newspapers, TV channels, websites and social media platforms potential jurors frequent.

“That’s the kind of thing that lawyers might conclude, and the judge might agree, that notwithstanding someone’s protestations that they could be impartial, that that affiliation or attendance at a particular rally with people with very strong views, let’s say, is not the kind of thing that can be put aside,” Roth said, noting the questionnaire is looking for something that could make somebody be partial to either side.