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Republicans are reportedly preparing for a possible convention where Trump will be under house arrest

Former President Donald Trump is facing the possibility of serving his sentence on his hush money conviction at the same time he is officially nominated for president by the Republican Party. As a result, the Republican National Committee is reportedly planning a scenario in which Trump does not attend the convention in person – if at all.

Citing two anonymous sources familiar with the planning, NBC News reports that organizers are making preparations at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and at the Milwaukee event site where the convention will be held “should Trump choose to appear from afar or cannot attend.”

Trump, who was found guilty of 34 crimes in the New York case last month, faces up to four years in prison on each charge. But because he is a first-time offender, he is eligible for a lighter sentence, ranging from a fine to probation to a conditional discharge, which could see him placed under house arrest.

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The RNC is setting up a convention theme at Mar-a-Lago, as well as a large screen at the Milwaukee location in case Judge Juan Merchan orders house arrest for the former president, according to NBC News. However, after NBC published its report, Trump campaign senior adviser Brian Hughes issued a statement saying: β€œAt no time did the convention planning involve any option other than for President Trump to personally would accept formal appointment as president.”

Anyway, it is a possibility that Trump may not be able to attend the convention as it begins just four days after his sentencing hearing on July 11.

If Trump appears to be virtually accepting his nomination for president because he is under house arrest, it would be another first for him and for the country.

If he indeed can’t travel to Wisconsin for whatever reason, it might as well be: Trump called Milwaukee a “terrible city” during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans on Thursday. His campaign disputed that, although several Republican lawmakers present in the room had starkly different opinions on the comment.

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This article was originally published on MSNBC.com

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