close
close

Why Michael Cohen could make or break the case against Donald Trump: today’s trends

Why Michael Cohen could make or break the case against Donald Trump: today’s trends

Even before he entered courtroom 1530, Michael Cohen’s role as a key witness in Donald Trump’s hush money case put the former president’s lawyer-turned-fixer at the center of the proceedings.

For example, famed attorney Keith Davidson was asked about a message he received asking him to “call that jerk back.”

“Who was that jerk?” he was asked by prosecutor Joshua Steinglass during the second week of the trial.

“Michael Cohen,” he replied to laughter in the public gallery.

It’s one thing for Trump’s defense to cast doubt on the testimony of a disbarred lawyer who changed his story about paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000; It’s quite another for the prosecutor, who will rely on Cohen’s testimony to draw a direct link from Trump to the payment, to highlight his shortcomings.

Michael Cohen has faced intense criticism from witnesses during the hush money trial of Donald Trump, without even setting foot in the Manhattan courtroom

Michael Cohen has faced intense criticism from witnesses during the hush money trial of Donald Trump, without even setting foot in the Manhattan courtroom

Copies of checks from Donald Trump to attorney Michael Cohen from 2017 shown as exhibits by prosecutors in hush money trial

Copies of checks from Donald Trump to attorney Michael Cohen from 2017 shown as exhibits by prosecutors in hush money trial

read more

The panicked texts Hope Hicks sent to Michael Cohen when the details of the McDougal deal were released just FOUR DAYS before the 2016 election…with hints about Stormy Daniels

article image

Still, legal experts see the two sides in the case laying out their strategies for a courtroom showdown when he finally appears Monday.

The defense is planting the idea in the jury that someone who has served time in prison after pleading guilty to federal crimes in 2018 cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

Meanwhile, the prosecution is happy to air out the dirty laundry, with a series of witnesses gently mocking Cohen.

“I think the prosecutor is hoping the jury won’t be shocked when they see him,” said Catherine Christian, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

‘That could be a double-edged sword. Will the jury say, ‘Oh, here’s that liar. We’re not going to believe what he says.’

The digs so far have come from Trump insiders like Hope Hicks, who went to the White House with her boss.

She was asked about Cohen’s role as a fixer for Trump. “I always said he liked to call himself ‘a repairman’ or ‘Mr. Fix It, and just because he broke it the first time he could come and fix it,” she said.

And the Trump Organization controller drew laughter when asked if it was accurate to say Cohen was a lawyer. “Okay,” was his sharp reply.

Trump denies 34 charges of falsifying documents to conceal hush money payments

Trump denies 34 charges of falsifying documents to conceal hush money payments

Trump and Cohen in happier times, pictured in 2011 during a visit to New Hampshire, amid intense speculation that the New York real estate mogul was about to enter politics

Trump and Cohen in happier times, pictured in 2011 during a visit to New Hampshire, amid intense speculation that the New York real estate mogul was about to enter politics

A series of prosecution witnesses, including former Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, have expressed disdain about Cohen from the witness stand

A series of prosecution witnesses, including former Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, have expressed disdain about Cohen from the witness stand

Davidson, another prosecution witness, compared Davidson to the eager dog character in the animated film “Up,” who was repeatedly pulled off course by random things.

Cohen is at the center of the prosecution’s case. It is alleged that Cohen helped his boss, who was then a presidential candidate, to silence Daniels and prevent a damaging story from being published just before the 2016 election.

The court has seen documents showing how Daniels entered

read more from dailymail…..