Lawyer Lays Out Strategy To Challenge Hush Money Trial Decision

( – Former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial recently wrapped up. He was found guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. Trump will be sentenced on July 11, but in the meantime, his legal team is hard at work on their appeal strategy.

Todd Blanche, Trump’s attorney, joined CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on her podcast on Friday, May 31, to discuss the case. He said he was “prepared for a conviction” and plans to “vigorously fight” it. He said the first action plan is to file a series of motions with New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan. In them, he plans to argue that there were portions of the trial that were unfair. IBlanche pointed to Michael Cohen and Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford’s testimonies.

Additionally, Blanche notes that the timing of the trial, as well as the location, made it so Trump couldn’t get a fair trial, and the extreme coverage of the event made that clear. He said that “every single person on the jury knew Donald Trump,” something that he is likely to encounter no matter where the trial is held. Blanche says that if the motions fail, then they will await Trump’s sentencing and appeal from there.

It’s not clear what is on the table for Trump’s sentencing. The penalties range from probation to up to 20 years of imprisonment. The former president spoke out in a Fox News interview, saying he’s okay with home confinement or even imprisonment, but he doesn’t “think the public would stand for it,” noting that they’re likely to reach a “breaking point.”

Trump is the first president in US history to be convicted of a felony. He’s still facing three more criminal trials, including one in Georgia and one in Florida. Those trials have been delayed by court motions and challenges to the law, to determine whether or not Trump has presidential immunity.

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