Legal Expert Says Cohen Testimony Helps Trump

Daily Report May 14,2024

Former President Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial continued on Monday, with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, taking the witness stand.

Cohen, the prosecution’s star witness, blamed Trump for the hush money payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels. Cohen told the court that the former president told him to “take care” of the problem with Daniels.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley responded to Cohen’s testimony on Monday, telling Fox News Fox Business host Larry Kudlow that the testimony helped Trump.

“Like much else in Cohen’s testimony, he gives these details of how he goes to his client and says, ‘I fixed the problem. I arranged for payments. I’m, you know, this is not, this story is going to go away, at least before the election’ and Trump is saying things like ‘good, good,’” Turley said. “Well, that sounds a lot like a client following the directions of his lawyer. But now the lawyer is telling the jury I think you should send my client to prison for doing what I suggested for him to do. There is nothing illegal here, what Cohen was describing is not a crime. The prosecutors are making great fanfare over proving non-criminal acts and non-contested allegations. Yeah, there was a NDA. Yeah, money was paid. That happens all the time and so we’re still left with this bizarre situation of a trial over something that none of us have yet been told what the crime is.”

While Cohen’s Monday testimony went smoothly for the prosecution, Turley insists the real test of his composure will come when the former president’s lawyer questions him on Tuesday.

“The really funny thing is, I was watching this clip on Fox, they played, from one of the other networks where all of these experts were praising Cohen and saying he’s not lost his cool, he’s really remained in control and very buttoned down,” Turley continued. “This is his lawyer. This is basically his – these are the prosecutors that prepared him. Did they really think that he was going to lose it with the lawyers that brought him to this party? So the real test is going to come tomorrow, when he has an attorney who is going to go through a litany of lies.”

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