Donald Trump calls secret trial ‘very unfair’ and vows to appeal conviction

Speaking to reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump said: “As far as the trial itself, it was very unfair. We were under no circumstances authorized to call on our electoral expert. You saw what happened to some of the witnesses who were on our side, they were literally crucified by this man.

Slamming the judge, Trump said: “He looks like an angel, but he’s really a devil.” He looks so nice and gentle. No, unless you’ve seen it in action. And you saw it with a certain witness who went through hell,” CNN reported.

Criticizing the court’s verdict, he said: “The people of our country know it’s a hoax, they know it’s a hoax, they understand. » He said, “You know, they’re really smart.” And it’s really something, so we’re going to appeal this scam,” ABC News reported.

He further stated that he had been placed under a “gag order” which resulted in him paying thousands of dollars in fines and being threatened with imprisonment.

Trump said: “There has never been a more divisive judge. He said, “Now I’m being silenced, which no one has ever done – no presidential candidate has ever been silenced before.” “

He said: “I am under a gag order, a nasty silence order, in which I have had to pay thousands of dollars in fines and been threatened with imprisonment. »

Trump said there were “bad people” behind his conviction and reiterated his assertion that Judge Juan Merchan was “very contradictory” in the case.

He said, “If they can do this to me, they can do it to anyone.” »

Trump disputed the characterization of his crime, saying he incurred legal fees, paying attorney Michael Cohen, and that it was listed as legal fees.

He said the accountant “correctly noted it in the books”, adding that it was done “without my knowledge”. Donald Trump asked, “What else are you going to call it?” ”, CNN reported.

He said: “Falsifying business records – it seems so serious, to me it seems very serious. » “It’s a bad thing for me, I’ve never had that before,” he added.

Donald Trump criticized his former lawyer and key witness Michael Cohen during his hush-hush criminal trial. However, he did not mention her name to avoid violating his order of silence, according to a CNN report.

Trump said: “He was a highly skilled lawyer. » He said: “Now I am no longer allowed to use his name because of the silence. But you know, he’s sordid. Everybody knows it. It took me a while to figure it out, but it worked.

A Manhattan jury convicted Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records on Thursday in a case stemming from a clandestine New York criminal trial that silenced a porn star, CNN reported. This verdict marks a historic moment as Trump becomes the first president in United States history to be convicted of a crime.

Prosecutors brought charges against Trump alleging his involvement in an illegal plot to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election and suppress negative information. At the heart of the case was the concealment of a hush money payment made to an adult film star.

Following the jury’s decision, Trump vehemently denounced the trial, calling it a “disgrace” and calling it “rigged.” “We didn’t do anything wrong. I’m a very innocent man,” Trump said, expressing his displeasure after leaving the courtroom.

Despite the guilty verdict, Trump has maintained his innocence, positioning the upcoming general election as the true measure of public opinion on the issue.

“The real verdict will be that of the people on November 5,” he declared. Trump also directed criticism at the Manhattan District Attorney and the Biden administration, baselessly claiming their influence over the case.

Trump also criticized the Manhattan District Attorney and the Biden administration, asserting their influence over the case.

In a separate statement, Trump’s legal team vowed to challenge the verdict, but Judge Juan Merchan rejected Trump’s request for acquittal and scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 11.

The trial centered on allegations regarding a hush money scheme involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The jury found Trump guilty of falsifying business records in connection with the scheme, encompassing 34 counts.

Before the jury began deliberations, the defense and prosecution presented closing arguments, presenting contrasting accounts regarding the payment to Daniels and subsequent reimbursements to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen’s credibility emerged as a central point of the trial.

Trump lawyer Todd Blanche launched a vigorous attack on Cohen’s credibility, comparing him to a prolific liar. Blanche sought to discredit Cohen’s testimony, particularly regarding a phone call with Trump on October 24, 2016. He argued that Cohen’s history of deception made his claims unreliable, according to the CNN report.

Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass countered Blanche’s arguments, asserting the validity of Cohen’s testimony and pointing to corroborating evidence. Steinglass emphasized the importance of testimony from individuals such as David Pecker, the former head of American Media Inc. (AMI), in supporting Cohen’s version of events.

Throughout the trial, Steinglass meticulously guided the jurors through the evidence, emphasizing the consistency of the testimony and documentation presented. He highlighted the complex dynamic between Cohen and Trump, calling their communication often cryptic and rapid. (ANI)

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