Donald Trump Becomes The First Former President To Be Convicted Of Felony Crimes

Donald Trump becomes the first former President to be convicted of felony crimes even though it will bar him from continuing his pursuit of standing for the next Presidential election.

Donald Trump has been found guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election utilizing hush money payments to a porn actor who said the two had sex. The deliberation lasted for almost 9.5 hours before the jurors convicted Trump guilty on all 34 counts. Donald Trump sat stone-faced and stared at the ground when the verdict was pronounced.

It is a big climb-down for Trump who had manipulated the Tabloid press in a manner that projected a larger-than-life picture of him and helped propel him from a real estate tycoon to a reality television star and ultimately president.

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Current New York City Council member Yusef Salaam along with four other Black and Latino men were wrongly imprisoned for rape in a notorious case that led to racial tensions in New York City in the late 1980s. However, they were all exonerated of the charges later.

Yusef Salaam said in a post on the social media platform X “I didn’t take pleasure in the former president’s guilty verdict even though Donald Trump wanted me executed even when it was proven that I was innocent. We should be proud that today the system worked. But we should be somber that we Americans have an ex-President who has been found guilty on 34 separate felony charges,”

Trump is seeking another stint as the President of the United States and the latest conviction which exposes him to potential prison time will test the willingness of the voter to accept Trump’s boundary-breaking behavior and elect him for another term in the White House. Trump is expected to appeal against the verdict since he would never like to face the dynamics of campaigning for the Presidential elections as a convicted felon.

Donald Trump Convicted on 34 Felony Charges in Historic Verdict

The judge has set his sentencing for July 11, just days before Republicans are set to select him as 2024 nominee. As of now, there are no campaign rallies even though Trump is expected to address fundraising meets next week.

However, there were reactions from different players of Trump’s party. Republican U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson says Trump verdict a ‘shameful day’ in U.S. history

Mike Johnson said in a statement, “Today is a shameful day in American history. Democrats cheered as they convicted the leader of the opposing party on ridiculous charges, predicated on the testimony of a disbarred, convicted felon. This was a purely political exercise, not a legal one,”

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer who was a key prosecution witness in his trial, hailed the guilty verdict against the former President.

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