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Trump is found guilty in historic New York criminal case

Former President Donald Trump appears in court for his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, before a jury of New Yorkers convicted him on 34 felony counts.
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Former President Donald Trump appears in court for his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, before a jury of New Yorkers convicted him on 34 felony counts.

The jury has found Donald Trump guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors argued that impacted the election outcome.

Get up to speed:

  • The 34 charges: The case centered on allegations Trump falsified business records to disguise the hush money payment as legal services to his former fixer, Michael Cohen, to conceal other crimes, such as violating campaign finance or tax laws.
  • The key witnesses: Jurors heard from 20 witnesses, including Daniels and Cohen, both critical to prosecutors’ case. Trump’s defense team sought to discredit them. Catch up on a recap of the arguments.
  • The jury: Twelve jurors (and six alternates) were selected from a pool of hundreds in April. They are litigators, teachers, physical therapists and investment bankers.
  • Continuing coverage.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Trump called the outcome a "disgrace" and said the "real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people."
After blasting the judge, Trump continued to use dire rhetoric to paint the future of America if he does not win the election.

"Our country has gone to hell, we don't have the same country anymore," he said in roughly 90 seconds of remarks to gathered cameras.

Trump declined to answer questions.

Minutes after the New York jury submitted a guilty verdict on all counts for Trump, his staunchest political supporters responded to the outcome with outrage.

Republican politicians at the state level and on Capitol Hill took to social media and referred to the trial as a "sham show"or "travesty."

Using the very same claims that Trump has repeated, Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance referred to this trial and its outcome as "election interference."
— hinting at the rhetoric that Trump and his supporters will continue to use following this case and leading up to the November general election.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene simply posted on the social media platform X a photo of an upside-down American flag — a symbol commonly used by Jan. 6 rioters and which has become a symbol of election deniers.

The Biden campaign said the verdict shows that "no one is above the law," but told voters that Trump still poses a "threat ... to our democracy."

"There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box," Biden-Harris 2024 Communications Director Michael Tyler said in a statement. "Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president."

Ximena Bustillo
Ximena Bustillo is a multi-platform reporter at NPR covering politics out of the White House and Congress on air and in print.
Andrea Bernstein
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