Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the one behind the potential Trump arrest, is now under attack for allegedly hiding hundreds of pages of exculpatory evidence from the New York grand jury in his attempt to get Trump indicted and arrested.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is accused of hiding hundreds of pages of "exculpatory evidence" from grand jury in the case against Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/yL0eu3565o
— Becker News (@NewsBecker) March 22, 2023
Explaining what happened was Greg Jarrett in a Fox News Digital op-ed. In that article, he said:
As I explained in my last column, the DA invented his case against Trump by taking an alleged misdemeanor business records violation and supercharging it into a felony by citing an imagined second crime arising out of a supposed campaign finance violation. The novelty of such a charge is exceeded only by its absurdity.
The indictment appears to hinge on the DA’s argument that a 2016 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels was intended to help Trump’s presidential bid and should have been accounted for as a campaign contribution, not legal fees, when he reimbursed his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, who paid Daniels to keep her mouth shut about a purported 2006 affair that Trump vigorously denies. Confused yet? You should be.
The flaw in Bragg’s tortured logic is two-fold. First, non-disclosure agreements in exchange for money are perfectly legal. Second, Cohen long ago stated that the payment had nothing to do with the campaign but was made to protect Melania Trump from an embarrassing, albeit false, accusation. As such, it is not an illegal campaign donation under the law. Hence there is no crime.
It appears that Bragg’s star witness is none other than Cohen who has performed an astonishing pirouette by recanting his earlier statements. He now claims that the money was intended to help Trump’s campaign fend off a damaging story. Reliance on such a disreputable character as Cohen is a clear sign of the DA’s desperation. Cohen’s hatred of Trump is well known. He has carved out a career of trashing his former boss.
In a sudden turn of events, Cohen’s former attorney Robert Costello — no longer bound by the attorney-client privilege that was waived by his ex-client — testified before the grand jury on Monday. According to Costello, in April 2018, Cohen repeatedly stated that the Daniels payment was intended to protect the candidate’s wife, not the campaign. Moreover, Cohen insisted that he acted all on his own and not at the behest of Trump. While testifying for over two hours, Costello said he realized that Bragg had been hiding from the grand jury nearly all of the files he had previously turned over to the DA that corroborated Cohen’s original story.
Jarrett added to that during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show, saying “I mentioned it yesterday, I think, when Bob Costello got into that Grand Jury room and told them, ‘Wait a minute. You don’t have the hundreds of pages I handed over to Alvin Bragg over here? You only have six cherry-picked documents?’ You know, hiding from grand juries exculpatory information is reprehensible and unconscionable. And the conduct of Alvin Bragg and his henchman Mark Pomeranz, who specifically says in his book, ‘We’re targeting zombies because we don’t like his beliefs,’ those guys should face disbarment proceedings.”
Alan Dershowitz, responding, added to that and also tore into Bragg, saying:
“You know, in my new book, “Get Trump,” I go through all of those four allegations and I say, there’s plenty of smoke, but there’s no fire. And if there were a fire, it would be set by arsonists.
“There is no crime committed in any of the four allegations, and I prove that categorically in my book “Get Trump. Where did I get the name? Get Trump. I got that from Letitia James’ campaign slogan. Her campaign promise was, ‘I promise you I will get Trump’.
“And I want to add something new that hasn’t been said before. I think that Bob Costello has changed this case dramatically. I think that Bragg note now only has two possible results from that. Number one, he can say, alright, ‘I’m going to try to make the case without Cohen.’ He cannot use Cohen as a witness anymore.
“That would be unethical because of the testimony that Costello gave. Or he could say, ‘Look, I have to drop the case.’ He may not be able to make it without Cohen. But if he can’t make it without Cohen, he can’t make it, because no ethical prosecutor is allowed to put on as a witness, somebody who has told the lies and has contradicted himself so much.
“So I think that Bob Costello — it’s a game change. I think maybe that’s a reason for the delay here. I think ethical experts are now telling Bragg, wait a minute, you cannot use Cohen. So if you can make it through Pecker, if you can make it through some of the other people, okay, go ahead. But if you can’t make it without Cohen, you cannot bring this charge.”
Charlie Kirk and other conservative Twitter personalities later posted one of the exculpatory documents, one which showed that Cohen paid for the Daniels hush money and was not reimbursed by the Trump Campaign for the payment. Check that out here:
2018 Letter from Michael Cohen’s lawyer to the FEC declares Cohen used his own personal funds to pay Stormy Daniels. Trump Camp was NOT party to the transaction and did NOT reimburse Cohen for payment. pic.twitter.com/fx7JxC5I8l
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 22, 2023
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