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Trump found guilty of all 34 charges in hush money trial


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Former President Donald Trump was found guilty of 34 felonies by the jury in his “hush money” trial in New York on Thursday, making him the first former president in U.S. history to be convicted of a crime.

The jury, composed of 12 Manhattan residents, found that Trump illegally falsified business records to cover up a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. They found him guilty on all counts on their second day of deliberations.

The presumptive Republican nominee for president is now also a convicted felon, a label that could reverberate across the electorate in the months between now and Election Day in November.

The verdict was handed down in the same Manhattan courtroom where Trump has been on trial for the past six weeks. Trump stared at each juror as they confirmed their vote to convict him.

Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts marks the end of his historic hush money trial.

“This was a rigged, disgraceful trial,” an angry Trump told reporters after leaving the courtroom. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people. They know what happened, and everyone knows what happened here.”

Judge Juan M. Merchan set sentencing for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where GOP leaders, who remained resolute in their support in the aftermath of the verdict, are expected to formally make him their nominee.

Meanwhile, the judge expressed gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service during the extensive trial.

“You gave this matter the attention it deserved, and I want to thank you for that,” said Judge Juan Merchan, as quoted by NBC News.

Following the verdict, Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche filed a motion for acquittal, which was promptly denied by the judge.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass, in his closing arguments earlier in the week, emphasized the principle of equal justice under the law.

“The law is the law and it applies to everyone equally. There is no special standard for this defendant,” Steinglass asserted. “You, the jury, have the ability to hold the defendant accountable.”

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