President Donald Trump Found Guilty on All Counts in Historic Trial

Elgin Nelson

After four weeks of intensive jury deliberation, the landmark first criminal trial of a former US president concluded Thursday with Donald Trump being found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records. Despite the verdict, the former president’s chances for re-election in November remain uncertain.

The jury in Manhattan, NY convicted the presumptive Republican nominee for the November election, making the former president a convicted felon in the city where he initially made his name. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11 at 10 a.m. ET, just four days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee as Trump is set to be formally confirmed as the GOP’s presidential nominee. 

Trump sat motionless as the jury foreman announced the “guilty” verdict for all charges. This verdict marks Trump as the first former president in U.S. history to be convicted of a crime. The New York jury determined that Trump violated the law by falsifying business records to conceal a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election, leading to his conviction on all 34 counts. 

Prosecutors argued that Trump authorized the falsification of checks and related records to prevent voters from learning about an alleged sexual encounter with Daniels. According to prosecutors, this conspiracy extended from his 2016 campaign into his first year in the White House. Trump denied the affair with Daniels and pleaded not guilty.

Trump addressed reporters in the courthouse hallway following the decision, furiously denouncing the jury’s unanimous decision and vehemently criticizing the judge.

“This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt,” Trump said, reiterating the criticism he has leveled at the court since the trial began.” 

“The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people, and they know what happened here and everybody knows what happened here,” Trump said. “We’ll fight to the end.”

Donald Trump Jr. wrote on X that the guilty verdict handed down by a Manhattan jury to his father was “Such bulls—,” using the expletive. He added that Democrats “have succeeded in their years-long attempt to turn America into a third-world s—hole,” again using the expletive. “November 5 is our last chance to save it,” he wrote. 

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche has already filed a motion for an acquittal of the charges.

“This is going to be a long road,” CNN’s chief legal affairs correspondent Paula Reid said. “They’re playing a long game here—they’re thinking through every possible objection.”

President Biden’s campaign issued the following statement regarding the verdict: “Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his gain,” Michael Tyler, the campaign’s communications director, said in a statement.

 “But today’s verdict does not change the fact that the American people face a simple reality. There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

The statement marks the first comment from Biden campaign officials regarding the court proceedings, as they have aimed to maintain their distance from Trump’s trial.

Juan Merchan, the judge who presided over the historic trial, thanked the jurors for their service, noting that the court started the jury selection process on April 15.

“That’s a long time to be away from your jobs, your families, your responsibilities, but not only that — you were engaged in a very stressful task,” he said. “I admire how involved you were— how engaged you were throughout this task.”

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