Donald Trump found guilty of silencing a porn star by giving her a ‘secret donation’, such an incident happened for the first time in the history of America

Donald Trump silent money case: For the first time in history, former US President Donald Trump was convicted by a New York jury on Thursday (May 30) of all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election, including paying silence to a porn actress who said the two had sex. With this, Trump became the first former US president to be convicted of a felony. The court’s decision came after jurors deliberated for 9.5 hours over two days before the verdict was read out. Trump sat stone-faced as the verdict was read out.

What did prosecutors allege?

Prosecutors alleged Trump engaged in an illegal conspiracy aimed at undermining the integrity of the 2016 election and suppressing negative information. The cover-up of paying an adult film star to keep quiet was a key part of the case.

Trump calls trial “rigged, disgraceful”

Reacting to the verdict, Trump denounced the trial and called it “rigged and disgraceful.”

“This was a rigged, outrageous trial… We did nothing wrong. I’m a very innocent man,” Trump told reporters after leaving the courtroom. “The real verdict will be made by the people on November 5th. They know what happened, and everybody knows what happened here.” He also criticized the Manhattan District Attorney and the Biden administration and claimed their influence on the case.

He said, “Our entire country is being rigged right now…This was done by the Biden administration to injure or hurt an opponent, a political opponent.”

Trump vows to “fight to the end”

“We will keep fighting, we will fight to the end and we will win because our country has gone to hell. Our country is not the same anymore, we have a divided mess,” he said. “We will fight for our Constitution. That’s over a long time ago,” Trump said. Trump is expected to appeal the verdict soon and faces an awkward situation as he returns to campaigning as a convicted felon. There are no campaign rallies on the calendar right now, though he is expected to hold fundraising events next week.

In a separate statement, the former US president’s legal team vowed to challenge the verdict, however, Judge Juan Merchan rejected Trump’s motion for acquittal and scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 11. The charges of falsifying business records carry a sentence of up to four years, although prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek imprisonment, and it is unclear whether the judge – who warned of a jail term for a gag order violation earlier in the trial – would still impose a sentence if asked. A conviction and even imprisonment would not prevent Trump from making his way to the White House.

Trump faces three other felony charges, but the New York case may be the only one to reach a conclusion before the November election, heightening the importance of the outcome.

What is the matter of paying money to keep quiet?

The trial centered on allegations related to a hush-hush scheme involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The jury found Trump guilty of falsifying business records in connection with the scheme, which includes 34 felony counts.

The lawsuit centered on allegations that Trump falsified business records to pay silence money to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had a sexual affair with the married Trump in 2006.

Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer Michael Cohen paid Daniels US$130,000 to keep her quiet in the final weeks of the 2016 election. Prosecutors allege it was an effort to interfere in the election. When Cohen was reimbursed, the payments were recorded as legal expenses, which prosecutors argue was an illegal attempt to conceal the true purpose of the transactions. Trump’s lawyers say the payments were legitimate fees for legal services.

Trump has denied the sexual encounter, and his lawyers argued that his celebrity status made him a target for extortion, especially during the 2016 campaign. He claims the hush-money deals were motivated by personal reasons, such as protecting his family and business reputation, rather than political ones.

The trial featured more than four weeks of testimony, revisiting a well-documented period from Trump’s past. This was when his 2016 campaign was jeopardized by the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump talked about sexually groping women without their consent, and the potential for other damaging stories about Trump and sex to emerge.

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