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Trump convicted on all counts in New York trial, sentencing July 11

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Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Arizona on June 18, 2016. The former president has been convicted of 34 felony charges in a hush money trial.

Former president Donald J. Trump has been found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, Thursday, making him the first president in U.S. history to be convicted of felony crimes. 

“This was a disgrace,” Trump said to the press outside of the courtroom after the verdict. “This was a rigged, disgraceful trial. The real verdict is gonna be on November 5, by the people.”

In the trial judged by 12 New Yorkers, which began on March 25, Trump was accused of illegally repaying his former fixer, Michael Cohen, for a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before his election in 2016. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts. 

“Why should voters vote for a convicted felon?” one onlooker yelled as Trump stepped away from the press. 

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled by Justice Juan Merchan for July 11, and Trump could be facing probation or even prison time. 

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