Trump’s fundraising platform crashes due to ‘heavy traffic’ after guilty verdict | US | News

Donald Trump‘s fundraising platform crashed due to “heavy traffic” less than an hour after being found guilty on all 34 counts for his hush money case.

The site has a “500: something went wrong” error message. Engineers have been notified of the issue, the site says.

The verdict makes the ex-president and presumptive GOP nominee the first criminally convicted president in US history.

The Trump campaign posted a fundraising pitch within four minutes of the decision being announced.

Despite being a convicted felon, Trump will still be allowed to run for president.

Jurors deliberated for 9.5 hours over two days before convicting Trump of all 34 counts he faced. Trump sat stone-faced while the verdict was read as cheering from the street below – where supporters and detractors of the former president were gathered – could be heard in the hallway on courthouse’s 15th floor where the decision was revealed.

“This was a rigged, disgraceful trial,” Trump told reporters after leaving the courtroom. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people. They know what happened, and everyone knows what happened here.”

The verdict is a stunning legal reckoning for Trump and exposes him to potential prison time in the city where his manipulations of the tabloid press helped catapult him from a real estate tycoon to reality television star and ultimately president. As he seeks to reclaim the White House in this year’s election, the judgment presents voters with another test of their willingness to accept Trump’s boundary-breaking behavior.

Trump is expected to quickly appeal the verdict and will face an awkward dynamic as he returns to the campaign trail as a convicted felon. There are no campaign rallies on the calendar for now, though he’s expected to hold fundraisers next week. Judge Juan Merchan set sentencing for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Republican leaders who remained resolute in their support in the immediate aftermath of the verdict are expected to formally make him their nominee.

The falsifying business records charges carry up to four years behind bars, though prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek imprisonment, and it is not clear whether the judge – who earlier in the trial warned of jail time for gag order violations – would impose that punishment even if asked. The conviction, and even imprisonment, will not bar Trump from continuing his pursuit of the White House.

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