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Donald Trump Declared Guilty: What Happens Next?

The hush-money trial has finally come to an end as the jury has found Trump guilty of all 34 federal counts against him on Thursday. With that, Donald Trump becomes the first former President of the United States to be convicted of federal felony charges, which, however, doesn’t interfere with his right to be elected as a Presidential candidate for the upcoming 2024 election.

Judge Juan Merchan has scheduled the sentencing for July 11, four days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Trump will be officially declared the nominee by House GOP. While the conviction will not hinder the former President from running for office this year, it is likely to significantly influence public opinion. According to the US Constitution, a Presidential candidate only has to be over 35 years old and be a resident of the country for over 14 years, both of which Trump fulfills.

"This was a rigged, disgraceful trial. The real verdict is going to be on Nov. 5 by the people. They know what happened, and everyone knows what happened here,” Trump declared angrily and defiantly while leaving the courthouse.  His campaign also reiterated its stance, stating that the verdict is not a deterrent and that Trump will continue to follow the original campaign schedule.

It’s still unclear what type of punishment Trump will receive, as Class E federal charges in New York, which indicate the least serious type, are often dismissed following the payment of a fine.

Trump is charged with three other felony crimes, including mishandling confidential documents during his time in office and plotting to turn the 2020 election, which he lost. Even though the hush-money scandal was less serious compared to other counts he will face in the future, it still holds major significance, being the only federal trial to hold him accountable before the election.

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