Donald Trump has been found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records. A jury on Thursday determined that the former US president paid hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels and falsified business records to conceal the payment during the 2016 election campaign.

The verdict makes Trump the first former U.S. President to be criminally convicted, but it does not prevent him from campaigning for another term. After two days of deliberations, the 12-member jury found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts.

However, Trump has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty.

When is his sentencing?

Judge Juan M. Merchan has scheduled Trump’s sentencing for July 11, at which point he could face up to four years in prison or probation. The sentencing will take place just days before the Republican Party is set to formally nominate him for president ahead of the November 5 election.

Trump, addressing reporters afterward, denounced the trial as a disgrace, asserting his innocence and reiterating claims that it had been unfairly biased against him. “The true verdict will be delivered by the people on Nov. 5,” he remarked, as reported by Reuters. His attorney, Will Scharf, stated on Fox News, “We will swiftly pursue an appeal and seek expedited review of this case.”

Will the conviction affect his presidential race?

Meanwhile, polls indicate a tight race between Trump and Biden. Reuters/Ipsos surveys suggest that a guilty verdict may erode Trump’s support among independent and Republican voters.

The conviction does not stop Trump from continuing his campaign or potentially becoming president, as reported by the Associated Press. He also retains eligibility to vote for himself in Florida, provided he remains outside prison in New York state. Lara Trump, Trump’s daughter-in-law and co-chair of the Republican National Committee, stated in a Fox News Channel interview on Thursday that Trump would hold virtual rallies and campaign events if convicted and sentenced to home confinement.