JUST IN: Trump NY Trial Punishment Leaked – Meeting With Officer

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Following his conviction on all 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s politically driven “hush money” case last month, former President Donald Trump is set to have a virtual interview with a probation officer in New York City on Monday, NBC News is reporting.

The probation interview is mandated by the court to be included in the pre-sentencing report of the former president. It will be streamed live from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, and Todd Blanche, his main attorney, will be present, according to NBC News.

Bragg’s office did not protest, so Judge Juan Merchan—who is overseeing the hush money case despite his many ties to Democratic causes—allowed Blanche to attend the meeting.

The news thrilled Andrew Weissman, a legal commentator on MSNBC. He clarified to Jen Psaki, the former press secretary for Joe Biden, that Trump will be questioned about his relationships with “known criminals,” as the Russian collusion point man put Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone.

Inquiries about Trump’s finances, mental health, psychological problems, addictions, and present living arrangement will also be made.

“It is highly unusual for a pre-sentence investigation interview to be done over Zoom,” said Martin Horn, a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections and Probation, to NBC News. However, he acknowledged that forcing the former president to visit a probation office would be “disruptive.”

“But you can argue that Trump’s appearance at the probation office on the 10th floor of the Criminal Court Building in Manhattan where his trial took place, with Secret Service and press following him, would be very disruptive to the probation office and unfair to other defendants who might not want to be identified,” he said. “So in the end, this might be better for the probation officer.”

Just a few days before he is scheduled to accept the Republican National Convention’s presidential nomination in Milwaukee, Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. The former president could spend up to four years in prison after serving any length of probation.

 

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