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RNC Making Backup Plans For Presidential Nomination If Trump Sentenced To Prison

•, by Tom Ozimek

With former President Donald Trump facing the possibility of being sentenced to prison just days before the Republican National Convention, GOP officials are formulating backup plans in case the former president isn't able to receive the Republican party's presidential nomination in person.

"We'll be thinking about it, and we're working on that right now," RNC Chair Michael Whatley told Newsmax in an interview on June 4, when asked whether the Republican Party is preparing for the possibility that the former president can't attend the convention because he's behind bars.

The convention, which will take place in Milwaukee on July 15-18, is expected to draw thousands, but President Trump might not be one of them, given his recent felony conviction and the possibility that, on July 11, Justice Juan Merchan could sentence him to prison.

President Trump was recently found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records to hide non-disclosure payments, supposedly to prevent bad press and sway the 2016 election in his favor. He maintains his innocence and says he's the victim of a vindictive political prosecution meant to derail his 2024 comeback bid.

Justice Merchan could sentence President Trump for up to four years on each business records falsification count, with a maximum of 20 years.

The former president said in a June 2 interview on Fox News that he could handle being jailed or imprisoned while calling the people involved in his conviction as "sick" and "evil."

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The former president and his attorneys have vowed to appeal the conviction, with President Trump even calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to step in before the sentencing date and overturn the guilty verdict.

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