Watch: Trump Responds After NY Guilty Verdict

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, May 31, 2024 - 09:44 AM

Update (1710ET): Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 counts in his New York 'hush money' trial. The outcome makes him the first former president to become a convicted felon.

Trump reportedly stared ahead motionless as the verdict was read.

The trial centered on allegations that Trump falsified business records in order to conceal a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 US election. Prosecutors under Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg argued that Trump oversaw a scheme to influence the 2016 election by using Trump Organization records to conceal the payments.

"Everything Mr. Trump and his cohorts did in this case is cloaked in lies," said prosecutor Joshua Steinglass. "The evidence is literally overwhelming."

Trump Responds

"This is a rigged, disgraceful trial," Trump said in response, adding "The real verdict will be on November 5."

Judge Juan Merchan will now decide Trump's sentence on July 11 - days before Republicans are set to select him as the 2024 nominee. The crime has a maximum sentence of four years in prison. That said, Merchan could also opt for home confinement, probation, supervised release, fines or community service.

Biden Campaign Responds

"In New York today, we saw that no one is above the law," reads a statement.

"Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain. But today's verdict does not change the fact that 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."

Trump is certain to appeal the verdict, which could take months or even years - however Democrats now have their 'Felon Trump' talking point which they think will help Joe Biden come November. 

As 'Techno Fog' of The Reactionary notes, 

The target might have been Trump, but the real goal was to influence the 2024 election, no matter the shaky facts and dubious legal theories of the case. Democracy must be saved even through unlawful and unethical means. The enemies of society must be hunted, the obstacles to progress must be destroyed.

As the years-long Trump investigation and prosecution continued, and as New Yorkers continue to deal with rampant crime and theft and felony assaults – which they often don’t even report due to “the revolving-door criminal injustice system” – Trump was pursued with rare intensity. The bodega shopkeepers, facing a shoplifting and armed robbery epidemic which empties their shelves and puts their lives at risk, are besides themselves. As are normal citizens whose safety is at risk daily. If only their interests were political. If only the perpetrator were the Republican presidential frontrunner and not a career criminal then perhaps they would see justice.

In trial, venue matters. It’s strategic, it’s the selection of a favorable judge and jury. Monsanto is sued in San Fransisco and the jury pours them out for $289 million. Cook County (Illinois) is notorious for high jury verdicts. So too is Philadelphia and Lansing, Michigan. Corporate defendants tremble in fear at being sued in working class cities along the Gulf coast. Texas brings suit against the Biden Administration in the Southern District of Texas – Galveston Division because the one federal district judge there (a Trump appointee) will not hesitate to stop unlawful acts or policies. Hawaii brought suit in Honolulu against the Trump Administration and obtained a temporary restraining order against Trump’s travel ban from an Obama-appointed judge. He was reversed by the Supreme Court, but that process took over a year.

And as 'End Wokeness' notes, there's no turning back from the new precedent which has just been set by Democrats.

Meanwhile, WinRed, the Republican donation platform, is currently overwhelmed.

The 77-year-old Trump still faces criminal trials in Washington and Georgia over alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, as well as one in Florida pertaining to his handling of classified national security documents taken from the White House.

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The jury empaneled in the NY v. Trump case said it has reached a verdict.

The 12-person jury - which has requested 30 minutes to fill out the paperwork  - will soon enter the courtroom and announce what it has decided. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged former President Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, and Trump pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Judge Juan Merchan will invite the jury in to read its verdict.

Prior to receiving the jury's note around 4:20 p.m., Merchan had indicated he would excuse the jury for the day at 4:30 as a growing number expected a mistrial due to a hung jury however the presence of a verdict means that we will shortly know if the jury has found Trump "guilty" or "not guilty."

Prosecutors needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump falsified business records to conceal a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic performer, in the lead-up to the 2016 election to silence her about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, was the prosecution’s “star witness.”He testified that he personally made the $130,000 payment to Daniels using a home equity line of credit in an effort to conceal the payment from his wife.

Cohen said he did this because Trump told him to “handle it” and prevent a negative story from coming out ahead of the election.But Trump’s defense attorneys maintained that the president never directed Cohen to do so.