Trump convicted in all 34-count of falsifying records, first former US president found guilty of felony

Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court in his criminal hush money trial on Thursday, May 30, 2024, becoming the first U.S. president to be convicted of a felony. Photo: (Mark Peterson/AP)

May 30, 2024

Donald Trump was convicted by Judge Juan Merchan in the hush money criminal trial of falsifying business records to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, on Thursday, in a historic trial that saw a former U.S. president face criminal charges for the first time.

After deliberating over two days, a New York jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts related to a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The prosecution had alleged Daniels was paid to keep secret a 2006 tryst she had with Trump in order to influence the results of the 2016 election, which Trump ultimately won.

Trump’s sentencing has been scheduled for July 11.

The trial lasted a month and a half and was plenty eventful.

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In addition to the fiery testimonies of Daniels and Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump was held in contempt of court 10 times and fined $10,000 for violating a gag order against attacking people involved with the trial.

Many Republican leaders, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, traveled to New York to speak out in support of the 2024 Republican presidential candidate.

Trump, who did not testify in his defense, is likely to appeal the verdict. The result may have an impact on Trump’s chances to reclaim the White House, however.

Recent Yahoo News/YouGov polling suggested a conviction would hurt Trump in head-to-head polling against President Joe Biden.