Trump Will Have Virtual Interview With Probation Official on Monday

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Former President Donald J. Trump, who was convicted last month on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, is expected to have a virtual interview with a New York City Probation Department official on Monday, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

The interview is required as the agency prepares a sentencing recommendation for the judge in the case.

Mr. Trump will be in his home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., for the virtual meeting — his first with a probation official since he became the first U.S. president to be convicted of a felony.

A jury in Manhattan found him guilty on May 30 in a hush-money case stemming from a payment that Mr. Trump’s then-fixer, Michael Cohen, made to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who said she had a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006. The payment came in the final days of Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the creation of 34 false business records to cover up Mr. Trump’s reimbursement of Mr. Cohen came in early 2017, after he was elected.

Mr. Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, has remained out of jail and has returned to Florida since the verdict. One of his lawyers, Todd Blanche, will be present for the interview, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.

Justice Juan M. Merchan, who presided over the criminal trial, signed off on the virtual meeting, the person said.

The timing of the interview was first reported by NBC News.

Mr. Trump is expected to be sentenced on July 11 and could receive a punishment ranging from probation to up to four years in prison. He is appealing the verdict.

“President Trump and his legal team are already taking necessary steps to challenge and defeat the lawless Manhattan D.A. case,” Steven Cheung, Mr. Trump’s campaign spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday.

In New York State, after a person is convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor, a probation officer must prepare a pre-sentence report, which the judge uses to help determine the defendant’s punishment.

In some instances, the defendant can also be interviewed by a social worker or psychologist working for the Probation Department. Such reports also include a defendant’s criminal history, if he or she has one, and the probation officer often interviews the arresting officer in the case and the defendant’s family members and friends. Pre-sentence reports also offer a defendant’s lawyer an opportunity to make positive statements about the defendant.

As part of the preparation of the report, the official is likely to ask Mr. Trump about what occurred that led to the charges against him.

Jonah E. Bromwich contributed reporting.

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