Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota is urging New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to pardon probable Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “for the good of the country.”

On Thursday, a jury in the deep blue borough of Manhattan convicted Trump on all 34 counts in the falsified business records case brought by District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Phillips took to social media to implore the New York governor to pardon Trump.

“Donald Trump is a serial liar, cheater and philanderer, a six-time declarer of corporate bankruptcy, an instigator of insurrection, and a convicted felon who thrives on portraying himself as a victim,” Phillips wrote on X. “@GovKathyHochul should pardon him for the good of the country.”

“You think pardoning him is stupid? Making him a martyr over a payment to a p*rn star is stupid. (Election charges are totally different.,” he added. “It’s energizing his base, generating record sums of campaign cash, and will likely result in an electoral boost.”

Trump’s campaign has benefited immensely by his conviction, as the Republican candidate’s team reported a massive fundraising total of $54.8 million and counting by late Friday. As Democrats and left-wing media sources target Trump as a “convicted felon,” the former president has skillfully garnered support by referring to himself as a “political prisoner.”

Hochul appeared unwilling to pardon Trump as she expressed support for the verdict in a statement released Thursday.

“Today’s verdict reaffirms that no one is above the law. In preparation for a verdict in this trial, I directed my Administration to closely coordinate with local and federal law enforcement and we continue to monitor the situation. We are committed to protecting the safety of all New Yorkers and the integrity of our judicial system,” the statement said.

Donald Trump’s case appears to be highly similar to one involving former presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who financed the Steele dossier that fueled an FBI operation against her election rival Trump in the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic National Committee, had filed their financing of the Steele dossier as a “legal expense,” although it had election implications.

The DNC was fined $105,000 and the Clinton campaign was fined $8,000, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Donald Trump was found guilty in the Manhattan trial of 34 counts of falsification of business records and potentially faces prison time in his sentencing on July 11th.


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