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Former President Trump makes his first appearance after the verdict and gets a raqueous greeting while his campaign hauls in record-breaking donations.


How are Trump and Biden responding to the historic verdict, and how much will it sway voters?


I'm Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief John Bickley with guest host, Emily Jashinsky, DC Correspondent at Unheard. Emily, thanks for coming on.


It's a pleasure to be here. Thank you so much for having me. It's Monday, June third, and this is Morning Wire.


Ten US senators are pledging to hold up democratic legislative goals, citing the weaponization of the judicial system against Trump.


This has never happened in our country. It's happened in other countries, including many in our hemisphere. It hasn't happened in our country, and it shouldn't be happening now.


And while Trump's guilty verdict ends the trial phase of the Hush Money case, the appeal process is yet to begin. What are the chances of a reversal, and how long could that process take?


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The political and legal fallout continues following the unprecedented conviction of former President Donald Trump.


Here to break down how the stunning verdict is impacting the race for the White House is Daily WIRE's Senior Editor, Kabbit Phillips. Hey, Cabit. So this story continues to dominate the national conversation for good reason. First, what have we seen from Trump and Biden since the news broke?


Well, the White House has been borderline gitty since the news broke, with Biden campaign officials taunting Trump on social media and claiming the American people will never elect a convicted felon. For his part, President Biden said the verdict reaffirmed the, American principle that no one is above the law, before taking aim at those who questioned the legitimacy of the trial and also those prosecuting his opponent.


It's reckless. It's dangerous.


It's irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged just because they don't like the verdict.


Now, on the other side of things, Donald Trump has struck a defiant tone, saying he's confident the American people would see through the true motivations of the trial and offer their verdict on election day. The former President made a number of public appearances over the weekend, first sitting ringside at a UFC event in New Jersey, where he was greeted by a raucous standing ovation from the sellout crowd as he did a dramatic fighter-style walkout of the tunnel with UFC boss Dana White. Have a listen to that moment. Donald Trump is in the building in the form of President getting a standing ovation from the assembled masses. The round of applause he's getting right now is pretty staggering. Trump then gave his first post-conviction interview Sunday morning, where he told Fox News that he would be willing to go to jail and told his lawyers, not to beg for anything.


I'm okay with it. I saw One of my lawyers the other day on television saying, Oh, no, you don't want to do that to the president. I said, You don't beg for anything.


You just the way it is.


We'll have a lot more on the legal ramifications of this case soon, but walk us through the political fallout so far.


Yeah, it is not hyperbole to say that Thursday's ruling was the most influential fundraising moment in modern political history. Within moments of the verdict being read, Trump's donation page online had crashed, and Google searches for how to donate to Trump exploded. Consequently, the campaign brought a staggering $53 million in online donations in the 24 hours following the verdict. For context, that is more than the Biden campaign raised all of last month combined and more than double what Democrats raised on the day Roe was overturned, which at the time was their largest single-day haul. One more note on the fundraising front, Miriam Adelson, the wife of the late Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, is now reportedly planning to donate up to $100 million to a Trump-aligned Superpack. It's unclear how voters will respond to more broadly, but this has clearly galvanized a large chunk of the country.


There's no doubt about that. Finally, let's get to the latest polling now that the verdict is in. What are we seeing so far?


Well, a number of polls were conducted in the days after the ruling. The bottom line is that the majority of Americans, including independents, say it will not impact how they vote. But there are still significant chunks of the electorate who say it will impact their decision. A Reuters poll, for example, has Trump still ahead of Biden nationally, but found that 25% of independents who say the verdict makes them less likely to vote for Trump. That's compared to 18% who say it makes them more likely. Now, it's worth stressing, early polling on things like this often shifts as voters become more aware of a topic. But Morning Consult did have 54% of voters proving of the verdict with just 39% disapproving. That's similar to YouGov, which had 50% saying he was guilty and just 30% claiming he was not. Now, the Trump camp says most Americans were only casually following the trial and will change their mind once they learn more about it. To that point, there is still plenty of time for them to make that case. We'll just have to wait and see how this shakes up the race. But if there's one thing we know, it's that Donald Trump has made a living defying conventional wisdom.


Yeah, really more than any other political figure we've ever seen. Kaba, thanks for reporting. Anytime.


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It's still not too late for the left to abandon this approach, but I think at this point, it would take presidential leadership. We'll see whether that's something President Biden is capable of.


That was Utah Senator Mike Lee. He's leading a group of 10 Senate Republicans pledging to block Biden appointees and Democratic bills over what they say is the political prosecution of Donald Trump.


Daily Wire culture reporter, Megan Basham, spoke with Senator Lee over the weekend and is here now with more. To start, Megan, what's the gist of this pledge and who has joined it so far?


The GOP senators argue that Democrats, especially the White House, have turned, and I'm quoting, Our judicial system into a political cuddle and must be held accountable. So 10 senators so far, including JD Bantz, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn, have joined this pledge that says that they will not vote to confirm any of President Biden's political or judicial appointees, and they also won't fund any of his priorities that don't directly pertain to national security, and they won't cooperate with any of the Democrats' legislative goals. So pretty sweeping statement. I caught up with Senator Lee by phone, and he told me that this is a necessary response to unprecedented events.


The Democratic Party and the leftist establishment, has changed the political landscape by breaking a seal that's never been broken before in America. Especially as an incumbent president, having your principled political opponent prosecuted never happened in this country. It's a door that once it's open, it's difficult to close. That's a big deal. That's a really, really sad commentary on where we are. I don't think we can continue to pretend that nothing has changed.


Now, Republicans are in the minority in the Senate, of course, so that does blunt some of the leverage Lee's group has here. But they do have the power to significantly throw a wrench in the Democrats agenda. Lee says there's no plausible path for budget reconciliation right now. There's no way for the Democrats to pass major legislation with a simple majority. They're going to need some Republican votes. Perhaps the most powerful weapon Lee's group has in their arsenal is that they can thwart unanimous consent requests. Those are the procedural votes that are often used to quickly move nominations and legislation forward. Essentially, without it, any piece of business will take much longer and is much more likely to stall out.


Is there anything Democrats or the White House could do right now that would cause Lee and the other GOP senators to back off this pledge?


Lee didn't give specifics on what actions the Democrats could take at this point, but here's what he said it would take for him and the rest of his group to cooperate with the Democrats and the White House again.


If the White House were to come out and condemn what has happened, and if the administration were to walk away from its own law fair, I think that would certainly make a difference. I don't want to put too fine a point on exactly what would and wouldn't be sufficient, but Those are things that would certainly help.


Lee said that when the Senate is back in session next week, he expects to see many more of his GOP colleagues joining this pledge.


Does Lee have any thoughts on how House Republicans might use their levers of power to respond to this unprecedented verdict?


Well, he said he's pretty careful not to predict what the House will do. But Speaker Johnson has obviously condemned this verdict as well, and he's calling for the Supreme Court to step in Meanwhile, we're seeing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan scheduling a June hearing in which he's calling on prosecutorsers Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo to answer questions on the weaponization of the federal government. We'll have to see if the House GOP puts forward some more formal statement like this in the coming days as we wait on that sentencing on July 11th. But certainly, they're also pretty united in condemning this, what you have to call historic verdict.


This is likely only the beginning of the political ramifications we'll see from this verdict. Thanks, Megan. Any time. Donald Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts in New York City last week marks the end of the trial phase, but the beginning of what could be a much longer and decisive appeal process.


No sooner had the jury foreman uttered the word guilty, then Trump's legal team announced that an appeal of the decision would be coming within 30 days of sentencing. And according to many legal analysts, he should have a strong chance at a reversal. We are joined by Daily Wire contributor David Marcus to look at where this complicated case might be headed. Hey, Dave. We've heard some references to the 13th juror as a potential key to the appeal. First, what does that mean?


Morning, John. The 13th juror is the nickname of New York's first judicial Department appellate court, which has broad discretion to overturn cases such as Trump's. Politico cites former federal prosecutor Arlo Devlin Brown as saying, There is an appeal that could have legs. Frankly, it's something echoed by many legal experts, including Roger Severino and Leslie McAdoo-Gordon, who've both been on this show. Part of what makes this such a target a bit rich environment for appeal is the novelty of the charges that were brought against Trump in the first place. It remains to be seen if Alvin Bragg's legal architecture, which turned bookkeeping misdemeanors into felonies by tying them to other unspecified crimes, is a firm legal edifice or a fragile house of cards.


Speaking of those underlying crimes, a lot of attention has been given to the fact that the jury did not have to agree which of the three possible crimes Trump allegedly intended to commit. Will that be central to this appeal?


Yes. Even prior to the verdict coming down, it was a very controversial decision by Judge Juan Marshawn to allow the jury to convict without unanimity on the underlying crime. That was when experts like Jonathan Turley really started using the term reversible error, which is to say something that could be overturned on appeal. Here's Turley on that.


It runs the waterfront of procedural constitutional problems, including federal constitutional violations. I don't even see how you can meet the unanimity requirement in the way that this thing was instructed. Yeah, they were unanimous that some crime was being committed on that secondary crime, but it's apparently between the jurors and God as to what that crime was unless there's going to be some release of a jury form.


Now, over the weekend, a piece in New York magazine pinned by CNN legal analyst, Ellie Honig, got a lot of attention for saying that prosecutors had contorted the law. What did he mean?


Honig raised some of the issues we just talked about, but one line really stood out for showing just how unique these charges were. He writes, The charges against Trump are obscure and nearly entirely unprecedented. In fact, no state prosecutor in New York or Wyoming or anywhere has ever charged federal election laws as a direct or predicate state crime against anyone for anything, none ever. This really undermines Bragg's claim that the case was brought in a perfectly normal manner like any other case his office might bring. We should note that Honig saying this is significant. He is an open critic of Trump, and really, nobody can claim that he is biased towards the former president. It's evidence that it isn't just Trump supporters who think he got a bit of a raw deal here. These are sentiments even shared by some Democrats, such as former New York governor, David Patterson.


What about timing expectations here? How long do appeals that are ultimately taken up take to resolve.


I mean, as anyone who's observed the legal process, even casually, will be aware, the legal system doesn't exactly move with the pace of a Noah and Ryan fastball. Appeals can take years, but this is a former president, and a leading presidential candidate we're talking about here. Have we mentioned this is unprecedented? Perhaps the wheels of justice will turn a little faster, but who knows? As we've already probably said a few times now, we're just in uncharded waters here.


Yeah, deep in those uncharded waters. Dave, thanks for joining us.


Thanks for having me.


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