Trump, lawyers sit for virtual pre-sentencing interview

 June 10, 2024

Former President Donald Trump and his legal team were set to conduct a virtual interview on Monday, and that meeting will be used in the pre-sentencing recommendation and judge's report.

Todd Blanche, Trump's lead attorney was confirmed to be on hand for the interview, which comes as a surprise, as the prosecution had the option to object to Blanche being included in this virtual meeting.

Furthermore, this decision to hold a virtual interview is "highly unusual," according to former New York City Department of Corrections and Probation commissioner Martin Horn.

It's likely that this decision was made because of Trump's prominent status and the possibility of disruption that bringing him in for the interview would cause. After all, Trump is no ordinary defendant, and this is no ordinary indictment.

Trump is due to be sentenced just days before the Republican National Convention, where he will be named the party's 2024 presidential nominee.

His sentence could range from probation to years in prison. If Judge Juan Merchan sentences Trump to incarceration of any kind, there will be serious backlash nationally. Americans are already aware of the partisan politics pushing this indictment of Trump, and throwing him in jail will destroy any legitimacy the justice system has left.