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Jury finds Presidential candidate Donald Trump guilty on all counts in hush-money trial

A New York jury on Thursday found former US President Donald Trump guilty of all 34 felony charges related to the falsification of business records regarding hush money payments to cover up sex scandals during the 2016 presidential election.

The verdict marked the first time in US history that a former president has been convicted of felony crimes. The 2024 Republican nominee faces 54 other federal and state felony charges across three more cases.

Prosecutors had called nearly two dozen witnesses to testify, and after closing arguments concluded on Tuesday, the jury took two days to render a verdict.

Speaking after his conviction, Trump said, “This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who is corrupt.”

“I’m a very innocent man,” added Trump, who is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, just days before the Republican convention. He could face up to four years behind bars.

Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000, while the owner of The National Enquirer tabloid paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000. Both women say they had sexual relations with Trump.

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