Former US President Trump vows to appeal guilty verdict

Former US President Donald Trump says he is ready to fight his guilty verdict. He held a news conference at Trump Tower in New York on Friday, a day after he was convicted in a trial for falsifying business records ahead of the 2016 election. He said he plans to appeal the decision, which he describes as a "scam."

Trump has become the first person to have served as US president to be convicted of a crime. He was found guilty on all 34 felony counts in the case, which centered around his attempts to hide a payment to an adult film star to silence her about an affair.

He used the news conference to claim that the trial was politically motivated. He said he is under a gag order, and that no presidential candidate has ever been under a gag order before. He added that the trial was "very unfair" and "all done by" President Joe Biden "and his people."

Trump's campaign team said the conviction has strengthened his support base. It added that, since the verdict was handed down on Thursday, it has raised over 34 million dollars in donations.

His supporters said they still support him; others say justice was served.

Biden responded to the trial, and to Trump's comments, by reminding Americans that no one is above the law. He said it is "reckless," "dangerous" and "irresponsible" for anyone to say the case was rigged just because they do not like the verdict.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11th. Trump faces penalties ranging from probation to four years in prison for each of the 34 counts. He has 30 days after sentencing to file an appeal.