Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 1 June 2024

Donald Trump to appeal against ‘rigged’ conviction – as he says prosecutors just wanted to know if he was ‘a bad boy’

In a speech spanning 40 minutes, Trump criticised his hush money trial and its judge, before turning his attention to President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Donald Trump has said he will appeal against his criminal conviction for falsifying business records – insisting he paid a “legal expense” and there was “nothing illegal”.

In a disjointed 40-minute news conference at Trump Tower in New York, Trump started by saying “if they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone” – before going on to criticise his trial and the “highly conflicted judge” who presided over it.

He later attacked Joe Biden, calling him “the dumbest president we’ve ever had”, labelled the gag order imposed during the hush money trial “nasty”, and tested its limits by taking aim at his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

“This [trial] is all done by Biden and his people,” Trump claimed – saying President Joe Biden’s administration worked “in conjunction with” the Department of Justice on his prosecution.

Trump also repeated his allegation that the trial was “rigged” and criticised a decision to refuse his defence’s request for a venue change. “Witnesses on our side were literally crucified,” he continued.

The former president said “we are going to fight”, adding: “We’re going to be appealing this on many different things.”

His son Eric Trump and daughter-in-law Lara Trump were present for the speech but his wife Melania – who has been publicly silent since the verdicts – was not seen.

On Thursday, a unanimous jury in New York found Trump guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records to commit election fraud.

The former president covered up a $130,000 (£102,000) payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a “hush money” scheme to bury stories he thought might hurt his presidential campaign in 2016.

At Trump Tower today, the former president insisted the payment to his former lawyer and fixer Mr Cohen was simply a “legal expense” and “standard stuff” – “there was nothing illegal”, Trump added.

A gag order prevents Trump from publicly criticising witnesses from the hush money trial, including Cohen.

While the former president didn’t name his former lawyer, he labelled him a “sleazebag”, adding: “Everybody knows that.”

He said prosecutors just wanted to find out whether he was “a bad boy here, bad boy there” and said “salacious details” of his alleged encounter with Ms Daniels in a hotel room had “nothing to do with the case”.

In the rambling speech, he also said of his opponents: “These are bad people, these are sick people. They want to stop you from having cars.”

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