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Trump grilled on his mental and physical health by probation officer ahead of hush money sentencing

Donald Trump completed his pre-sentencing interview with a New York City probation officer on Monday, a mandatory requirement before he is sentenced on July 11 by New York judge Juan Merchan after being found guilty on all 34 counts at his hush money trial last month.

The Republican presidential candidate and now convicted felon sat for the session virtually and was finished after “less than a half-hour of routine and uneventful questions and answers”, a source told the Associated Press.

Trump’s lead attorney Todd Blanche was allowed to be on the call to advise his client, which is not standard practice but was permitted since Judge Merchan did not object.

Former New York City Department of Corrections and Probation commissioner Martin Horn told NBC News in advance of Monday’s interview that conducting the session by video call was “highly unusual” but acknowledged that hauling Trump into a probation office would be “very disruptive” and require additional security considerations.

Trump’s answers to the interview questions, which concerned his personal history and current physical and mental wellbeing, will be used to compile a report that will be submitted to Judge Merchan as he weighs the defendant’s punishment.

It follows his May 30 conviction on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to conceal a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016, just prior to that year’s election, to ensure her silence over an alleged affair.

The former president’s defense team is expected to enter its own sentencing recommendation on June 13, with the prosecution following on June 27, but the justice will announce his final ruling next month.

Trump’s sentencing will come just four days before he will be formally

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