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U.S. former president Trump will appeal conviction

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ublished on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Will Scharf, a member of Donald Trump's legal team, said in an ABC News interview on Sunday that the former president will appeal his conviction on 34 felony counts in New York but will comply with a pre-sentencing investigation in the meantime.

ABC News is the news division of the U.S. television network American Broadcasting Company (ABC), headquartered in New York, U.S.A.

Trump's conviction, centered around allegations he covered up a hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, will be the subject of an investigation from the Probation Department, which will include interviewing Trump.

A report following the inquiry's conclusion will provide Judge Juan Merchan with a sentencing recommendation, experts have told ABC News.

ABC's "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos (left) and Will Scharf, a member of Donald Trump's legal team (right). / Photo via ABC.

"The president's going to cooperate with the pre-sentence investigation. And we're going to speedily appeal this unjust verdict. I think this case is replete with reversible error. We plan to vigorously defend President Trump's rights in the appellate courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary," Scharf told ABC's "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Trump and his legal team have repeatedly panned the case against him as thin and the ensuing trial as a "sham," with particular enmity reserved for Merchan, who Scharf, Trump and the former president's allies have described as biased, citing a $15 donation he made to President Joe Biden in 2020.

The barbs grew to such an extent that Merchan imposed a gag order on Trump, prohibiting him from commenting on the judge's family, witnesses, jurors and others involved in the trial.

In the days since the conviction, Trump has escalated his attacks on Merchan, including calling him a "devil."

"These are all things that President Trump absolutely has to comment on. I think the fact that he labored under a gag order for as long as he did was manifestly unjust. So yes, absolutely. President Trump needs to be carrying his message to the American people," Scharf said Sunday.

Scharf also pointed to Merchan when explaining why Trump didn't testify himself, arguing that the judge's bounds of what the former president could've been asked on the stand were too wide.

"I think in light of Judge Merchan's decision about the scope of allowable cross-examination, which I believe was wildly wrong... I think it would have been dangerous for President Trump to take the stand. But I think had President Trump taken the stand, certainly on direct [examination] he would have been a compelling witness," he said.

Beyond being historical in its own right, marking the first time a former president has ever been convicted of a felony, the conviction also offers a rare chance to potentially alter a race between two men with nearly universal name recognition that Trump has, so far, been seen as leading, the report noted.

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