Donald Trump trial latest: Verdict reached in hush money case

The jury has reached a verdict in the hush payments case against the former US President Donald Trump.

The verdict is set to be announced shortly.

The judge has just been handed a note from the foreperson of the jury. “We the jury have a verdict. We would like an extra 30 minutes to fill out the forms if that’d be possible,” it said.

The note was signed at 4.20pm local time (9.20pm UK time).

Mr Trump faced 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in charges punishable by up to four years in prison.

He had pleaded not guilty and denied all wrongdoing in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial.

After seven weeks of testimony and legal arguments, jurors on Wednesday began their deliberations in the historic case.

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The verdict follows a dramatic Manhattan court case – the first criminal trial of an American president – in which Mr Trump was accused by prosecutors of trying to “hoodwink” voters in the 2016 election.

At the centre of the case was the claim Mr Trump concealed a hush-money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election after their alleged affair.

The jury asked to rehear crucial testimony from a tabloid publisher and Mr Trump’s former layer, Michael Cohen, as well as part of the judge’s instructions on the law, during their deliberations.

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