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Whew! Donald Trump made history today (May 30) as the first former U.S. president to be convicted of felony crimes. After 9.5 hours of deliberations, a New York jury found him guilty on all 34 counts in the case shortly before 5 p.m. ET.

He is guilty of falsifying business records after paying adult entertainer Stormy Daniels $130,000 shortly before his presidential election.

 

 

Here’s What Went Down After The Verdict In Donald’s Trial

Associated Press reports that Donald sat “stone-faced with his eyes looking down” as the jury finished reading the verdict. Trump began slowly looking around the room and glanced at the jury, still expressionless, as they affirmed they found him guilty on all counts.

Immediately after the verdict and jury dismissal, Trump’s defense lawyer, Todd Blanche, requested a “judgment of acquittal.”

“There’s no basis and no way this jury could have reached a verdict without accepting the testimony of Michael Cohen,” Blanche said.

Trump’s lawyer, Blanche, struck out, though. Judge Merchan denied his acquittal motion.

As previously reported, the jury began deliberations on Wednesday (May 30) after seven weeks of testimonies in the hush money trial. Deliberations were slightly delayed after the jury asked to rehear testimony from a tabloid publisher and Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen. The jury had also asked to revisit a portion of the judge’s instructions on navigating the law.

Ultimately, the prosecution called 20 witnesses throughout the trial, while Trump’s attorneys only called two. Testimonies claimed that Trump, his fixer Cohen, and David Pecker conspired to cover up the payment to Stormy. Cohen testified twice, and Pecker testified on his phone calls with Trump.

Ahead of his trial, Donald reassured his supporters that he would “absolutely” testify but never took the stand.

What’s Next For Donnie?

Note that Donald still has three other cases against him—a federal election interference case in Washington, D.C., a state election interference case in Georgia, and a federal case alleging he mishandled classified documents and national security information.

After Judge Merchan dismissed the jury and rejected the acquittal motion, he set Donnie’s sentencing date for July 11. The date is significant, given that it lands just days before the Republican party is set is confirm him as their official nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

Stay tapped in with The Shade Room as we bring you updates on this closed trial. 


Associated Press staff and TSR Social Producer Amani M. contributed to this report.





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