Trump convicted on all 34 felony counts in New York case

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Donald Trump is the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes as a New York jury found him guilty of falsifying business records. The jury found him guilty on all 34 charges brought against him for a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election via hush money payments to adult film actress and Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels, who said the two had sex. LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says though the charges probably aren’t strong enough to send Trump to jail, he might still feel some consequences.

“In the court of public opinion, you know, right after Trump came out, he said, ‘the real decision is gonna occur November 5th,’ and I think he’s absolutely correct about that,” Hogan says. “The question is, ‘is this going to have a negative effect on his standing and how people view him?’”

The charges stem from a payment Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen made to Daniels in 2016 for her silence about a sexual encounter with a then-married Trump in 2006. The payment was recorded as a legal expense. Prosecutors say this was to mask the true motive of attempted election interference, while Trump’s lawyers say it was a legitimate payment for a legal service. According to Hogan, the outcome of this case is unlikely to sway either Democrats or Republicans, but it may have an impact on another group of voters.

“It’s most likely to have an impact on the so-called swing voters or independent voters. Those are the ones that are most susceptible to new information and being effected by that [new information],” he says.

Trump maintained his innocence during and after the trial, and, according to the Associated Press, often incorrectly painted the trial as a ploy by the Biden administration to stop him from running for president. He is continuing his campaign and is still expected to win the Republican nomination next month. Hogan says none of this is surprising, given how far out the election is, adding, “the election is still a very long way away in political terms. And so, there’s a lot that can happen between now and November.”

Trump, who is expected to appeal the case, is set to be sentenced July 11th.

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