Donald Trump found guilty on all counts in historic hush money trial

Donald Trump was found guilty of all 34 counts in a historic hush money criminal trial, becoming first former president to be convicted of a crime.

The jury of seven men and five women made their decision on Thursday as the former president faced 34 counts of falsifying business records.

It comes after five weeks of dramatic evidence and 22 witnesses taking the stand.   He is the first former U.S. President to face a criminal trial.

Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and is set to face Joe Biden in  November’s election.

The verdict could upend the 2024 White House race and prove a pivotal moment in the history of the United States.

The charges he faced each carried a maximum potential sentence of up to four years in prison.

Jurors had the option of convicting Trump of all counts, acquitting him of all counts, or delivering a mixed verdict in which he was found guilty of some charges and not others.

In the case of a deadlock, Judge Juan Merchan was able to declare a mistrial.

The 12 jurors have sat silently in a New York courtroom as prosecutors made their case and Trump’s lawyers tried to discredit it

Prosecutors described a plot by Trump to ‘corrupt’ the 2016 election by hiding a $130,000 hush money payment by his ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Daniels alleged that she and Trump had sex a decade earlier, something he denies.

The case featured explosive evidence by Daniels and lifted the lid on the ‘catch and kill’ practices of the National Enquirer tabloid, which bought stories that could be damaging to Trump and suppressed them.

The actual criminal charges focus on the reimbursements Trump signed for Cohen for the payment. They were paid by Trump in monthly installments, were recorded as being for legal expenses.

Prosecutors say that was a fraudulent label designed to conceal the purpose of the hush money transaction and to illicitly interfere in the 2016 election.

Trump’s criminal trial to begin in Manhattan with jury selection

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