June 24, 2024

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Breaking News Trump Found Guilty on All 34 Counts in Hush Money Trial

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In this courtroom sketch, former President Trump's children — Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump with his wife Lara (Photo By Jane Rosenberg)

NEW YORK (The Lake Tribune) – Former President Donald Trump has been convicted on all 34 felony counts in his New York hush money trial. Trump sat stone-faced in court, looking down as the jury found him guilty of falsifying business records.

He is the first former president in the nation’s history to be criminally convicted.

Earlier, the jury reached a verdict, signaling the culmination of the first criminal case against a former American president. The verdict was delivered in a Manhattan courtroom where prosecutors spent weeks presenting allegations against Trump.

Trump faced charges of falsifying business records at his company in connection with a scheme to hide potentially damaging stories about him during his 2016 presidential campaign. The charges arose from reimbursements paid to then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who made a $130,000 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Trump was accused of misrepresenting Cohen’s reimbursements as legal expenses to conceal their true nature.

Trump pleaded not guilty, contending that the payments to Cohen were for legitimate legal services and denying the alleged extramarital encounter with Daniels.

To convict Trump, the jury had to find unanimously that he created a fraudulent entry in his company’s records or caused someone else to do so, with the intent of committing or concealing another crime. Prosecutors argued that Trump violated a New York election law by unlawfully promoting his campaign.

Jurors, a diverse cross-section of Manhattan residents, were engaged throughout the trial, taking notes and closely following testimonies from Cohen and Daniels.

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