Trump found guilty on all counts

Note: This story has been updated.

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty in his New York criminal hush money case.

The New York jury just returned its verdict. He could face four years in prison depending on the judge’s sentence, which is set for July 11th. The judge has the discretion to reduce his sentence to a fine, probation or supervision. Trump’s attorney argued for a motion of acquittal, but the judge denied it. This was the first time an American president stood trial in a criminal case.

Trump is guilty of falsifying records before the 2016 election to hide payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Trump is slamming his conviction. He walked out after the guilty verdict and again said the trial was rigged. He added “the whole country is going to hell.” Trump closed by saying everyone knows what happened here and the real verdict is November 5th, election day.

Trump will almost certainly appeal his conviction. The appeal process could take months or longer, likely delaying any punishment doled out by the judge in the case past Election Day.

Allies of Donald Trump are criticizing the guilty verdict. House Speaker Mike Johnson called it a “shameful day in American history,” arguing the case was a “purely political exercise.” He predicted Trump would win an appeal of his conviction. Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan called it a “travesty of justice” and said the justice system has been weaponized on behalf of President Biden.

The Biden campaign says Trump’s guilty verdict shows “no one is above the law.” The campaign issued a statement shortly after the verdict was handed down.

Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler said Trump has “always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain.” He added that the only way to keep Trump out of the White House is at the ballot box.

The Manhattan District Attorney who brought the hush money case against Donald Trump says he did his job and followed the law. After Trump was found guilty, Democrat Alvin Bragg added this type of white collar prosecution is important to his office.

Bragg says at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the voice of the jury.

Donald Trump’s social-media company’s stock prices are tumbling following him being found guilty. The share price for Trump Media & Technology Corporation, which is the operator of Trump’s Truth Social platform, dropped almost 15-percent following the verdict.

Following after-hours trading, it was still down about ten percent.

Story courtesy of TTWN Media Networks Inc.