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Donald Trump finished his mandatory pre-sentencing interview in under 30 minutes of questioning

Legal battle intensifies as Trump faces multiple indictments (Via Harley Baker/Shutterstock)

Donald Trump finished his mandatory interview before sentencing on Monday in less than 30 minutes. According to someone familiar with the situation who spoke anonymously to The Associated Press, the interview consisted of routine questions and answers conducted by a probation officer from New York City via video conference.

This interview is required by law and will help Judge Juan M. Merchan decide Trump’s punishment for his hush money criminal case, with sentencing scheduled for July 11. The report from the interview will remain confidential under state law unless the judge decides to release it. It may include details about Trump’s conviction, his background, family, employment history, education, and financial status.

Trump’s lawyers and prosecutors will receive copies of the report closer to the sentencing date.

Trump’s persistent mocking of Biden’s stutter fuels controversy (Via Paulina Gates/Getty Images)

They can also submit their own documents to Judge Merchan to argue for the punishment they believe is appropriate.

Merchan has discretion to decide Trump’s punishment, which could range from probation and fines to a maximum of four years in prison. Trump, who chose not to testify during the trial, participated in the presentencing interview via video from his home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, accompanied by his lawyer Todd Blanche.

Although some criticized the arrangement as preferential treatment for a well-known defendant, city officials insisted that such accommodations are standard for anyone required to undergo a presentencing interview.

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