Trump found guilty, sentencing set for July 11

Donald Trump has become the first-ever former US president to be convicted of a crime. A New York jury found him guilty on all 34 counts related to hush money paid to an adult film star ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors say Trump led a conspiracy to influence the outcome of the race. They say he covered up a 130,000-dollar payment to buy actor Stormy Daniels' silence about a sexual encounter.

After weeks of hearings and two days of deliberations, a 12-person jury agreed with their arguments.

Trump maintains he is innocent, and claims the outcome of the court case was politically-motivated. "Our whole country is being rigged right now. This was done by the Biden administration in order to wound or hurt an opponent, a political opponent," he said.

Trump could face from probation to four years in prison per count. His sentencing date is set for July 11th -- just days before the Republican national convention kicks off in Wisconsin, where he's expected to win the nomination.

Trump said: "The real verdict is going to be November 5th by the people. And they know what happened here and everybody knows what happened here."

Under the US Constitution, Trump's conviction does not prevent him from running in the presidential election. He is also expected to appeal the verdict, a process which could take months.

Outside the courtroom, reactions were split between Trump's critics and his supporters.

US President Joe Biden weighed-in on social media, posting, "There's only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box."

US public broadcaster PBS surveyed people about how the conviction would affect their vote. Seventeen percent said they are "less likely to vote for Trump" while 15 percent said they are "more likely."

Some political analysts also say many in the US already have entrenched opinions about Trump. They say the verdict will not have a significant impact on who people choose to vote for on election day.