Trump trial live updates: Trump found guilty on all 34 counts

This is not the end of Trump's legal challenges. His three other cases are currently bogged down by delays or appeals.

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Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00AM GMT
President Trump convicted in hush money trial
Former President Donald Trump was convicted Thursday in his New York hush money trial.

NEW YORK -- A jury has found former President Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts in the criminal trial in New York City, where he faced felony charges related to a 2016 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president has been found guilty on criminal charges.

Trump last April pleaded not guilty to a 34-count indictment charging him with falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment his then-attorney Michael Cohen made to Daniels in order to boost his electoral prospects in the 2016 presidential election.

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May 30, 2024, 10:04 PM GMT

How Trump's guilty verdict will impact 2024 presidential election

Scandals have swirled around former President Donald Trump since his first presidential campaign in 2016. But now that he's officially a convicted felon, will that fact cut through the headlines and be a game-changer for the 2024 election?

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump may lose some support, but the drop could be temporary.

Read the full story here.

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May 30, 2024, 10:08 PM GMT

Trump found guilty

Former President Trump has been found guilty on all counts in his historic criminal hush money case.

As the first former president charged with a criminal offense, Trump also now becomes the first former president to be convicted of a crime.

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May 30, 2024, 11:19 PM GMT

Can Trump vote for himself now that he's a convicted felon?

Donald Trump may be convicted of a felony and reside in Florida, a state notorious for restricting the voting rights of people with felony convictions. But he can still vote as long as he stays out of prison in New York state.

That's because Florida defers to other states' disenfranchisement rules for residents convicted of out-of-state felonies. In Trump's case, New York law only removes the right to vote for people convicted of felonies when they're incarcerated. Once they're out of prison, their rights are automatically restored, even if they're on parole, per a 2021 law passed by the state's Democratic legislature.

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Now that former President Donald Trump is a convicted felon, can he still vote for himself in the 2024 presidential election? Watch as experts explain.
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May 30, 2024, 11:07 PM GMT

Manhattan DA thanks jurors, hails verdict

At a post-verdict news conference, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who brought the case against Trump, thanked the jurors.

"We should all be thankful for the careful attention that this jury paid to the evidence and the law, and their time and commitment over these past several weeks," Bragg said.

At a post-verdict news conference, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who brought the case against Trump, thanked the jurors.

"Twelve everyday New Yorkers, and of course our alternates, heard testimony from 22 witnesses, including former and current employees of the defendant, media executives, book publishers, custodians of records and others. They reviewed call logs, text messages and emails. They heard recordings. They saw checks and invoices, bank statements and calendar appointments," Bragg said.

"Their deliberations led them to a unanimous conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt," Bragg said.

"While this defendant may be unlike any other in American history, we arrived at this trial -- and ultimately today at this verdict -- in the same manner as every other case that comes through the courtroom doors: by following the facts and the law, and doing so without fear or favor," Bragg said.

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May 30, 2024, 10:37 PM GMT

Trump waves, pumps fist outside Trump Tower

When former President Donald Trump returned to Trump Tower after court, he greeted those standing outside the Midtown building, waving and pumping his fist.

In a written statement, Trump called Judge Juan Merchan "corrupt" and twice called him "conflicted."

"This was a rigged decision right from Day 1," Trump said.

"We didn't do a thing wrong. I'm a very innocent man," he said.

Trump will stay at Trump Tower Thursday night.

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May 30, 2024, 10:35 PM GMT

Stormy Daniels 'relieved' case is over

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, one of the star witnesses for the prosecution, is "relieved" the case is over, her attorney Clark Brewster said in a statement.

"No man is above the law, and the selfless hardworking service of each of these jurors should be respected and appreciated," Brewster said.

Daniels, whose hush money payment was at the center of the case, provided some of the most gripping testimony of the trial, describing in detail her alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump, which he denies.