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Donald Trump Found Guilty on All Counts in New York Hush-Money Case

He is the first former president to be found guilty of a crime

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After a process spanning almost five weeks Donald Trump has been declared guilty on all counts in his hush money trial.

On Thursday May 30, Judge Juan Merchan disclosed that the twelve member jury had unanimously reached a verdict of guilt, for Trump. The sentencing date remains pending at this time. The jury deliberated for over nine hours across two days before finalizing their decision.

Trump faced 34 felony charges related to falsification of business records linked to his involvement with Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors asserted that he instructed his attorney, Michael Cohen to provide $130,000 in silence money to Daniels during the 2016 election campaign. Trump purportedly reimbursed Cohen while categorizing the payment as “legal expenses.”

The 34 accusations centered around Trumps reimbursement payments to Cohen, including 11 invoices, 12 vouchers and 11 checks.

In his closing arguments on May 29 defense lawyer Todd Blanche strongly criticized Cohen, the witness in the trial. Blanche labeled Cohen as the “MVP of liars”  and “the GLOAT: the greatest liar of all time.” According to Cohens testimony Trump directed him to deliver $130,000 to Daniels before the election.

Daniels claimed she was romantically involved with Trump in 2006. He denied it. In 2018 she took action, against him over a disclosure agreement she signed which he allegedly did not honor.

Before the jury reached a decision, a former producer of The Apprentice alleged that Trump had made a comment about Black contestant Kwame Jackson in a conversation as reported by Slate. Trumps spokesperson, Steven Chueng dismissed the accusation, as “a completely fabricated and bullshit story that was already peddled in 2016.”