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Democratic congressman calls for Trump to be PARDONED after hush money guilty verdict

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A Democratic congressman has called on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to pardon former President Donald Trump

Representative Dean Phillips said in a post his social media that a conviction for Trump only helped boost his campaign. 

Phillips then called on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to pardon for the former president for ‘the good of the country’. 

Trump was convicted of 34 charges of falsifying business records in his hush money trial earlier this week. 

Posting to X, Phillips said: ‘Donald Trump is a serial liar, cheater, and philanderer, a six-time declarer of corporate bankruptcy, an instigator of insurrection, and a convicted felon who thrives on portraying himself as a victim.

‘Governor Kathy Hochul should pardon him for the good of the country.’ 

Representative Dean Phillips, seen here, said in a post his social media that a conviction for Trump only helped boost his campaign

Representative Dean Phillips, seen here, said in a post his social media that a conviction for Trump only helped boost his campaign

Phillips asked Gov Kathy Hochul to do it 'for the good of the country'

Phillips asked Gov Kathy Hochul to do it ‘for the good of the country’

Trump walks to go speak to the media after being found guilty following his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 30, 2024

Trump walks to go speak to the media after being found guilty following his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 30, 2024

Twelve hours after his original post calling for the pardon, for which he was widely criticized for, Phillips added: ‘You think pardoning is stupid? 

‘Making him a martyr over a payment to a porn star is stupid. (Election charges are entirely different). 

‘It’s energizing his base, generating record sums of campaign cash, and will likely result in an electoral boost.’

A person close to Hochul told the New York Post that a pardon for Trump was ‘unlikely’, adding: ‘I cannot image a world where she would consider doing this, this makes no sense.’ 

Phillips earned national attention earlier this year after he launched a primary challenge against President Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. 

The Minnesota lawmaker and heir to one of America’s largest liquor dynasties suspended his campaign after a disastrous Super Tuesday. 

Speaking outside of court on Thursday, Trump said: ‘This was a disgrace, this was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge.

‘The real verdict is going to be November 5th by the people and they know what happened here, and everybody knows what happened here.’

A person close to Hochul told the New York Post that a pardon for Trump was 'unlikely'

A person close to Hochul told the New York Post that a pardon for Trump was ‘unlikely’

J.L. Partners polled 403 likely voters immediately after Thursday's guilty verdict to assess its impact on the November election. The results suggest a slight bump for Trump

J.L. Partners polled 403 likely voters immediately after Thursday’s guilty verdict to assess its impact on the November election. The results suggest a slight bump for Trump

The verdict comes after five weeks of dramatic evidence and 22 witnesses being quizzed on the stand. 

The charges Trump was convicted of each carry a maximum potential sentence of up to four years in prison. 

According to an exclusive DailyMail.com poll following the guilty verdict in Manhattan, Trump’s favorability ratings had climbed. 

Of those who said the verdict had changed their view of Trump, 22 percent said they now had a more favorable rating compared with 16 percent who said they viewed him more negatively.

That six-point net positive result is another sign of the way the businessman-turned-politician seems able to ride out crises that would sink anyone else.

In particular, the numbers show a four-point net positive impact among independent voters, the group that could decide who is the next president in November.

At the same time, the Trump campaign said it had enjoyed a fundraising bonanza in the hours after the verdict, bringing in $34.8 million from small dollar donors—nearly double its record daily haul.



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