What does Trump’s conviction mean for his presidential bid?

by orderpeakcbdgummies

Since leaving the White House in January 2021, Donald Trump
has been plotting a return to power — unfazed by the legal tangle his life has
become.

With four criminal charges, the former president’s
conviction on May 30 was the latest addition to his collection of firsts,
making him the first former president in US history to be convicted of a
felony.

The businessman is also the first former US president to
have a mugshot, to face federal charges, and the first presumptive Republican
nominee to become a convicted felon.

With his third presidential bid underway, the stakes are
indeed high for Trump and country.

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE
CASES

Hush money trial

The case against Trump was also a novel application of state
and federal fraud and campaign finance laws, predicated on a hush money payment
to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels said she was paid $130,000 to remain quiet after
having sex with Trump. The former president denies the encounter took place.

Hush money is not illegal. The technicality stems from how
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer who disbursed the money to Daniels, had
his reimbursement recorded in the former president’s accounts.

Trump was accused of falsifying his business records by
saying the payment was for legal fees and faced 34 counts of fraud under
campaign finance laws.

Falsifying business records charges come with up to four
years behind bars.

Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek
imprisonment, and it is unclear if the judge — who earlier in the trial warned
of jail time for gag order violations — would impose that punishment even if
pressed.

Trump’s sentencing on the guilty verdict is scheduled for
July 11.

Classified documents

Trump was indicted in June 2023 by a federal grand jury in
Miami for taking classified national defense documents from the White House
after he left office.

According to prosecutors, Trump resisted the government’s
attempts to retrieve the materials.

An indictment released by the US department of justice
showed that the former president is facing 37 criminal counts over retaining
national defence information, nuclear secrets, exposing information, and
obstruction of justice.

The former president has denied the allegations.

Aileen Cannon, presiding judge, indefinitely postponed the
trial on May 7, citing “significant issues” around classified evidence that
would need to be worked out before the federal criminal case goes to a jury.

Election interference

Trump is being investigated for attempts to overturn the
results of the 2020 election.

The indictment alleges that Trump and a co-conspirator
“attempted to exploit the violence and chaos at the Capitol by calling
lawmakers to convince them… to delay the certification” of the election.

It also alleges another co-conspirator pushed then-Vice
President Mike Pence to “violate the law” to delay President Joe Biden’s
victory. The Trump campaign issued a statement shortly after the indictment
denying the allegations.

A date for the trial has not been fixed.

Election interference
(again)

Last year, an Atlanta-based grand jury indicted Trump and 18
others on state charges, stemming from their alleged attempts to overturn the
former president’s 2020 electoral defeat.

Fani Willis, Fulton county district attorney, charged the
former president on accounts of false statements and filing false documents.

In March, Scott McAfee, superior court judge, dismissed six
of the 41 counts from the indictment, including three that applied to Trump.

A date has not been fixed for the trial.

CAN TRUMP STILL RUN
FOR PRESIDENCY?

According to the US constitution, a candidate is only
required to be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old, and a resident of
the US for at least 14 years, to have their name on the ballot for the
presidency.

Trump ticks all boxes.

In theory, he could be sworn in from jail if he were to
unseat President Joe Biden from the ballot.

Whether being convicted is enough to dissuade voters and
‘Trumpists’ is subject matter for another day.

A recent poll of registered voters found 67 percent as
saying that convicting Trump for hush money will not be a factor in how they
vote.

While 15 percent said a guilty verdict could more likely
make them vote for Trump, 17 percent said it would make them less likely to
vote for him come November.

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