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Donald Trump found guilty on all counts in ‘hush money’ trial

Donald Trump has been found guilty of conspiring to buy the silence of a porn actor days before the 2016 election and covering his tracks in business records, becoming the first former US president to be convicted of a crime as he seeks a second term in office. The unanimous verdict in the Manhattan “hush money” case came at just after 5pm local time on Thursday afternoon, after almost two days of deliberation by the seven men and five women of the jury.  The criminal trial, which Trump was forced to attend in person, was the first against any former US president, and the historic conviction is a vindication for Manhattan’s Democratic district attorney Alvin Bragg, who brought the case last year after it had been abandoned by his predecessor. Over the course of the five-week trial, jurors had heard from one-time prominent figures in Trump’s orbit, who outlined a “catch and kill” scheme to suppress a story of an alleged extramarital encounter with Stormy Daniels, after she threatened to go public with her tale. Trump sat with his eyes closed while the verdict was read out by the jury foreman, an Irish-born salesman from Harlem, to a hushed courtroom, its walls lined with stern-faced court officers. Proceedings ended abruptly moments later, at which point Trump shook hands with his son Eric, who patted his father on the back. Outside the courtroom, Trump denounced the “rigged, disgraceful trial”. “I’m a very innocent man,” he said. “I’m fighting for our country. I’m fighting for our Constitution . . . I think it’s just a disgrace. And we’ll keep fighting, we’ll fight till the end and we’ll win because our country has gone to hell.” He added: “The real verdict is going to be [on] November 5 by the American people.” Trump is set to be sentenced on July 11, four days before the start of the Republican convention, where he will be crowned the party’s nominee. The 34 counts on which Trump was convicted carry a maximum prison sentence of four years each, but as a first-time offender, he is unlikely to be incarcerated.  Trump is also likely to appeal against the verdict to New York’s higher courts, but that process would take several months and would not prevent him, if elected, from going down in history as the first convicted felon to be the US’s commander-in-chief.

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