Former President Donald Trump will meet with a probation officer in a pre-sentencing interview today ahead of his sentencing hearing scheduled for July 11th.

Trump will be attending the meeting virtually from Mar-a-Lago, according to an Intelligencer report. He will be joined by his attorney Todd Blanche, which is reportedly not typically allowed by New York courts for pre-sentencing interviews. The Probation Department will ask about Trump’s personal life, including his health and psychological background, and the interview will give him a chance to advocate for a lighter sentence.

A pre-sentencing report will be reviewed by Judge Juan Merchan before he decides on sentencing. While Trump could be sentenced to up to four years for each of the 34 felony counts he was convicted of, this would be unusual for someone with no prior criminal history.

Critics and supporters of Trump chimed in on the event on social media. Investigative journalist and Trump supporter Laura Loomer said, “This is an insult to our justice systems and a stain on our nation.”

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) mocked Trump in a post, saying, “I’m guessing you didn’t have to meet with your FELONY probation officer today. Donald Trump can’t say the same.”

Weeks ago, Trump was found guilty by the New York jury in his “hush money” trial. Judge Merchan denied Trump’s motion for acquittal, and set a sentencing hearing for July 11th. The date is close to the Republican National Convention, scheduled to begin on July 15th. Four days ago, Valutainment reported that Republican National Committee leadership was making contingency plans for the party’s convention in the case Trump is in prison. The trial has been further complicated by a juror’s cousin leaking the results of the jury verdict before the official court proceedings.

According to Trump, since the jury verdict was announced, “More campaign funds were given to this campaign than any campaign, they think, in history. Almost 400 million dollars.”

In an average of national polls from May 28th to June 7th, Trump leads Biden by 0.8 percent.

Trump’s legal situation places the US legal system in uncharted waters, as he is the first major Presidential candidate to be convicted of felony charges. More developments are sure to take place as Trump navigates his unique candidacy.

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