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Trump found guilty in hush money trial

  • May 31, 2024
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Trump found guilty in hush money trial

A jury in New York has found former President Donald Trump guilty of all 34 felony charges of falsifying business records. This is in relation to hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels by his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen ahead  of the election in 2016 which saw the former reality TV presenter elected despite losing the popular vote.

The verdict makes Trump the first ever US president to be convicted of any crime. He still faces an additional three pending criminal cases. Trump will be sentenced for the hush money on the 11th of July by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan.

This comes just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee where the twice-impeached former president is set to be formally confirmed as the GOP’s nominee for the 2024 election against Joe Biden.

Trump faces a maximum of four years in prison for each count, though Merchan is not expected to give him any prison time. The former president is likely to appeal the verdict. He was found guilty of falsifying business records purported to describe legal expense payments made by him and the Trump Organization to Cohen to reimburse him for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels ahead of the election in 2016.

Both Cohen and Daniels testified that the money was made to prevent her from selling her story of having sex with Trump to the media. The incident occurred in 2006 months after Melania Trump gave birth to the future president’s son Barron Trump. Cohen said that the he was directed to pay Daniels to prevent her from harming his chances of election, adding that he had done little if any legal work for Trump in the time covered by business records.

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