Trump can avoid 'convicted felon' label, Yale law professor says

Yale Law Professor Jed Rubenfeld recently sat down for an interview with the Straight Down the Middle podcast in which he made the shocking claim that former President Donald Trump can argue that he isn't a convicted felon.

Trump was convicted last week on 34 felony counts of falsified business records, but Rubenfeld laid out Trump's case that he can use as he appeals his conviction.

Rubenfeld started by addressing the appeals process, and while he believes in the strength of Trump's case as it goes through appeals, he says that the appeal will be a years-long process and that Trump has other options that he can take right now.

Rubenfeld stated, “Even if the conviction were reversed on appeal years later, that effect could not be undone. In legal terms, that’s called irreparable harm."

However, he went on to say, "You are not convicted until the judge enters that judgment of guilt. Now, in New York, it’s very likely that Judge Merchan will enter that judgment of guilt against Trump on the same day that he issues sentencing. That’d be July 11th."

Trump's attorneys can sue in federal court and " ask for an emergency, temporary restraining order," which will stop the conviction pending the appeal and prevent the conviction from impacting this election.