Even presidential candidates gets called for jury duty.
Donald Trump will join his fellow New Yorkers in reporting for jury duty in Manhattan on Monday, his campaign confirmed to NBC News. The billionaire real estate mogul, who was holding a rally in New Hampshire on Friday before heading to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, is currently leading in national polls among the 17 Republican presidential contenders.
“Yeah, I’ll be doing jury duty, can you believe it?” Trump said Friday night at the New Hampshire campaign event. “I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s fun.”
Trump is in good company: Last week, former President George W. Bush reported for jury duty in Texas, although he wasn’t picked to serve. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was also summoned in 2014, although he too wasn’t selected for a case.
Periodic jury duty is compulsory in the United States for all citizens, with few exceptions. Still, that hasn’t stopped Trump in the past: According to the New York Daily News, Trump has ignored multiple jury summons over the last nine years. When he failed to show up at a March 6 hearing for “failure to respond to summons for petit jury service” five times since 2006, Supreme Court Justice Tanya Kennedy slapped the billionaire with a $250 fine.
“Any assertion that Mr. Trump doesn’t take his civic responsibilities seriously is absolutely false and only being used as an attempt to discredit his stellar reputation,” Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, told the Daily News at the time. “Mr. Trump has not received any of the notices. Had he, he would have complied.”
He will appear on NBC News’ “Meet The Press” this Sunday.