Before his sentencing in New York, Trump will have a probation interview on Monday as required.

Former President Donald Trump is set to undergo an interview with New York probation officials on Monday, marking a crucial step before his sentencing in a criminal hush money case in July. The interview will be conducted via a computer video conference from his residence at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, according to sources familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Todd Blanche, one of Trump’s lawyers, will be present during the interview, which is uncommon as individuals convicted of crimes in New York typically meet with probation officials without their legal representation. However, Judge Juan Merchan in Trump’s case has permitted Blanche’s attendance.

The purpose of the pre-sentencing probation interview is to compile a report that provides the judge with a better understanding of the defendant. This report can help determine the appropriate punishment for the crime and is typically prepared by a probation officer, social worker, or psychologist. It includes the defendant’s personal history, criminal record, and recommendations for sentencing, as well as information about employment and family obligations.

Trump was convicted by a jury of falsifying business records in connection with a scheme to silence individuals who could have disclosed embarrassing information during the 2016 presidential campaign. One of the payments made was to Stormy Daniels, a porn actor who alleged a sexual encounter with Trump, which he denied.

Trump maintains his innocence and claims that the criminal case was a ploy to hinder his bid for the White House. His campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, accused President Joe Biden’s Democratic allies of engaging in “ongoing Witch-Hunts” and stated that they will challenge and defeat the Manhattan DA’s case.

Judge Merchan has set Trump’s sentencing for July 11, with a range of possible punishments, from probation and community service to up to four years in prison. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have significant implications for Trump’s political future and legacy.

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