Jun 10, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump faces probation interview ahead of N.Y. sentencing

President Donald Trump, wearing a suit and red tie, speaks at Mar-a-Lago.

Former President Trump speaks to reporters during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago on June 5, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Former President Trump will participate in a video conference interview from Mar-a-Lago on Monday with a New York probation officer as part of the pre-sentencing process, NBC reported and Axios confirms.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a series of never-before-seen events this election season, and follows Trump's conviction late last month in the historic hush money case against him.

Driving the news: Todd Blanche, Trump's attorney, will sit with him for the required interview, NBC and AP reported.

  • Probation interviews form part of pre-sentencing reports for judges, and typically include information about the defendant's social, financial, and criminal history, among other things.

Catch up quick: A jury found Trump guilty of all 34 counts in the New York case, which centered around a $130,000 payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

What they're saying: Mitch Landrieu — former Biden infrastructure czar, now national co-chair of his campaign — told Jen Psaki on MSNBC: "A guy that wants to be president of the United States first has to go sit down with his probation officer. That is just an astounding statement that sometimes people walk by."

Reality check: Just 28% of likely voters say Trump's conviction will be a major factor in their vote, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll out Sunday.

  • The biggest factors are the economy and inflation.
  • Some polls have shown a slight move in former President Biden's direction.

What's next: Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, just days before he's expected to officially secure the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.

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