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Donald Trump Convicted on All Counts of Falsifying Business Records in Hush Money Trial

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In a landmark trial in New York, former President and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. The verdict, delivered following two days of deliberation by the jury, marks the first instance in U.S. history of a former president being convicted of a crime related to hush money payments.

Scheduled for sentencing on July 11, Trump was granted the liberty to remain free without bail by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan. This development has far-reaching implications as it positions Donald Trump, a contender in the presidential race against President Biden, as a convicted felon.

The trial, which unfolded over six weeks in a Manhattan courtroom, centred on allegations that Trump orchestrated a scheme to falsify checks and related records to conceal a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election. Prosecutors maintained that the conspiracy extended into Trump’s early tenure in the White House, alleging a sustained effort to silence Daniels over an alleged sexual encounter.

Despite his conviction and pending sentencing, Donald Trump intends to persist with his presidential campaign. He has expressed plans to appeal the New York verdict, emphasizing that neither the conviction nor any potential sentence would impede his eligibility to serve as president.

Throughout the trial, Trump vehemently denied the charges, asserting his innocence and dismissing the legal proceedings as a rigged and unjust system. His public statements and strategic messaging seem aimed at shaping a narrative of victimhood and persecution, potentially positioning himself to claim vindication in the event of an acquittal or to rally his base against perceived injustices if convicted.

As the legal battle continues and the political landscape evolves, the outcome of this trial has profound implications for Trump’s political future and the broader dynamics of the 2024 presidential race.

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