It will be conclusive and irrefutable! Trump celebrates as the lawyer his team called to testify in front of the grand jury in the Stormy Daniels SE secret money case is expected to appear in court tomorrow to reject Michael Cohen’s claims
Donald Trump announced Sunday that a “highly respected attorney” was preparing to testify against Michael Cohen, in what Trump hopes is an undermining of Cohen’s claims that money was paid to silence Stormy Daniels.
With a Manhattan grand jury believed to be close to making a decision on whether to indict Trump, the 76-year-old stated that Cohen’s testimony would be shredded.
Trump did not name the person who would be attacking Cohen, but The New York Times reported that it was Robert Costello, who once gave Cohen legal advice but later turned on him. Trump’s lawyers have asked Costello to testify, the newspaper reported.
Trump said Costello would be “the most important witness” before the grand jury.
He called Cohen a “convicted felon, inmate, and serial false storyteller and liar.”
Donald Trump is seen Saturday at the NCAA Division I Championship Wrestling event at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael Cohen (left) testified before a grand jury, and now his former legal counsel Robert Costello (right) will try to undermine Cohen’s story.
JUST REPORTED THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT WITNESS TO STAND BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY GRAND JURY, A WELL-RESPECTED ATTORNEY WHO ONCE REPRESENTED A CONVICTED OFFENDER, JAIL BIRD AND FALSE AND LIAR SERIAL TELLER, MICHAEL COHEN, WILL DO SO TOMORROW IN THE AFTERNOON,” Trump wrote. on his social media platform, Truth Social.
THE INFORMATION YOU WILL PRESENT WILL BE CONCLUSIVE AND IRREFUTABLE! WITCH HUNT!!!’
Costello is being called in by Trump’s lawyers solely to undermine Cohen’s credibility.
Costello served as Cohen’s legal counsel when Trump was in the White House, and Cohen was being questioned about payments to the porn star.
Costello wrote to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s White House lawyer, saying that Cohen “feels abandoned” by the then-president.
Cohen eventually turned on Trump and Costello.
In December 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
In total, he spent about 13 and a half months behind the prison walls and a year and a half in home confinement. His time was further reduced through good behavior.
Since then, Cohen has spoken at length with prosecutors about a $130,000 payment to Daniels, which was repaid by Trump’s business empire during the heat of the 2016 campaign.
Cohen is seen with Trump and Mike Pence in September 2016, when he was arranging the hush money payments.
Cohen is seen on March 15 leaving court after testifying before a grand jury.
Prosecutors said those secret payments were not reported as campaign contributions and violated the ban on corporate contributions and the $2,700 limit on individual donations.
Cohen testified last week before the grand jury investigating the legality of the payments, becoming at least the eighth person to speak before the panel.
Cohen is believed to be one of the last people the grand jury will hear from.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has informed Trump’s lawyers that the former president could appear before the grand jury this week if he so desires.
Such offers almost always indicate that a prosecution is near.
Under New York law, a person who is expected to be charged may request that a witness appear on their behalf.
Trump’s lawyers have asked Costello to testify.