BREAKING: Trump to meet virtually with NYC probation officer from Mar-a-Lago on Monday

The probation officer will make recommendations to Merchan regarding sentencing.

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President and leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet virtually with a New York City probation officer from his home at Mar-a-Lago. This comes in advance of his sentencing hearing, scheduled for the Manhattan courtroom of Judge Juan Merchan on July 11. 

After the meeting, the probation officer will make recommendations to Merchan regarding sentencing. Trump was convicted on 34 felony counts of the falsification of business records in what many believe was a politically motivated prosecution. The probation officer will deliver a pre-sentencing report to the court ahead of the July 11 date, which is only four days before the Republican National Convention where Trump will be officially nominated by the party to run for president against incumbent Joe Biden.

"It is highly unusual for a pre-sentence investigation interview to be done over Zoom," former commissioner of the NYC Department of Corrections and Probation Martin Horn told NBC News, going on to say that dragging Trump into a probation officer's officer would be "very disruptive." 

"But you can argue that Trump’s appearance at the probation office on the 10th floor of the Criminal Court Building in Manhattan where his trial took place, with Secret Service and press following him, would be very disruptive to the probation office and unfair to other defendants who might not want to be identified," Horn said.

Trump's lawyers intend to appeal the case, which could see Trump sentenced to anything from probation to four years in state prison. Trump is the first president or former president to be brought up on criminal charges. He has said he'd be "okay with it" if he was sentenced to jail time.

On Friday, Merchan revealed in a letter to both Trump's attorney Todd Blanche and the prosecutors that a comment had been made in advance of the jury verdict in which a man purporting to be a juror's cousin said that she told him Trump would be convicted.

If this is disovered to be true, that would mean there had been jury misconduct, which is grounds for a mistrial. Trump is still under a gag order as a result of the case, for which he was found in violation and paid a find of $10,000.
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