BREAKING: Court finds Trump guilty, fixes date for sentencing

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty of all 34 counts in his ‘hush money’ case in New York.

This is even as the Manhattan Court has fixed July 11, 2024 for former President Trump’s sentencing over alleged falsification of business records.

Judge Juan Merchan, on Thursday, set the sentencing hearing for July 11 at 10 a.m. ET.

The jury reached a verdict on Thursday and found the former president guilty on all 34 counts, according to the AFP.

The 34 counts stemmed from 11 invoices, 12 vouchers and 11 checks that make up Trump’s monthly reimbursement payments to Michael Cohen who fronted the $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. 

The 12-person jury considered whether Trump was guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records all connected to the alleged cover-up of hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Trump, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges in the case and denied the affair with Daniels.

At the heart of this case is a payment made days before Trump was elected president in 2016.

His attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair. Trump has denied the allegation.

Prosecutors say Cohen was reimbursed by Trump in 12 monthly payments from the Trump Organization that were logged and characterised as checks for ongoing legal services.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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