May 21, 2024

MSNBC Panel Says Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Was ‘Difficult’ Witness For Prosecution And ‘Helpful’ To Trump

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Panelists on MSNBC claimed that former lawyer Keith Davidson, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels, was a troublesome witness for the prosecution and helped the case of former President Donald Trump.

Testifying on Thursday, Davidson—who additionally served as Karen McDougal’s lawyer—confirmed that Trump had dedicated 34 felonies in connection together with his purportedly falsified enterprise information to reimburse Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, for the $130,000 that Daniels had obtained earlier than the 2016 election. Adam Pollock, a former deputy lawyer basic of New York, described his testimony as “difficult” for the prosecution.

Still, MSNBC authorized analyst Catherine Christian referred to as it “helpful” for the protection as a result of it will give Trump’s attorneys extra proof to say that Daniels’ lawyer took benefit of the then-candidate.

“I think Davidson is one in a line of difficult witnesses that already came before and are going to be coming in this trial,” Pollock stated in response to host Katy Tur asking about how his testimony impacted the prosecution’s case.

“This is a messy trial, and sort of gives us all an insight, a crack into what this sordid world is about between the National Enquirer and selling stories. It’s not pretty to watch,” Pollock added.

“He was helpful in that he established that there was a payoff and he negotiated with Michael Cohen, but he was helpful to the defense because he has, particularly since the prosecution didn’t bring out some of his bad acts on their direct examination, he appears to be in the defense view, just a lawyer who shakes down people, whether it was Hulk Hogan or other people,” Christian stated in response to the identical query.

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“That’s what he did and maybe that’s what happened here. That’s what the defense will say. This was a shakedown of Donald Trump. This wasn’t about paying someone as an illegal campaign contribution. This was a shakedown, and Michael Cohen, it’s an understatement to say how difficult of a witness he is for the prosecution,” Christian added.

In December 2016, Davidson testified that he obtained a name from Cohen, whom he believed was planning to “kill himself” as a result of Trump had not appointed him to a cupboard place.

A CNN panel agreed on Thursday that there isn’t sufficient proof to support Trump’s allegation of “direct involvement” within the funds; they famous that the witness testimony has solely produced “tidbits” of knowledge and that there aren’t many “receipts” supporting the declare.

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Alina Habba, one in all Trump’s attorneys, stated that the previous president can’t get a good trial within the hush cash case as a result of the jury appears to be biased about politics.

Habba, who isn’t representing Trump within the falsifying enterprise information trial in New York, stated throughout an interview on Fox News that she is frightened that “politicized judges and blue juries” will work towards him.

Judge Juan Merchan, who’s in control of the hush cash trial, fined Trump $9,000 and advised him he might go to jail for breaking a gag order that stated he couldn’t speak about potential witnesses in public.

Trump, the possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, has stated many instances that Merchan is biased towards him. He additionally tried to get the trial moved from Manhattan, which is a stronghold for Democrats, to Staten Island, which is a stronghold for Republicans, to enhance his possibilities of getting an neutral jury.

Habba advised Fox News that she doesn’t care if the trial proves Trump responsible or not as a result of “the facts are on our side” to recommend he didn’t. What worries her is how the jury will see him it doesn’t matter what.

“The issue [is] that we have politicized judges and blue juries coming in, and they’re supposed to be impartial, but you have a judge tweaking, reprimanding, putting down counsel on the other side, being harder on one side than the other, that affects the jury,” Habba stated. “And that’s not fair. It’s not right.”

“Now, if President Trump is given a fair jury, a fair trial like anybody else in this country would be—because his name is Trump, he doesn’t—that’s where my concern is, not the facts. The facts are on our side,” Habba added.

In response to allegations that he organized for grownup movie star Stormy Daniels to obtain “hush money” from his former lawyer Michael Cohen to hide an alleged affair between Daniels and Trump earlier than the 2016 election, Trump entered a not-guilty plea on 34 felony counts of falsifying enterprise information.

According to Trump’s company information, the funds have been declared “legal fees,” which prosecutors declare was part of a legal effort to sway the outcomes of the 2016 presidential contest.

While acknowledging that he paid Cohen $130,000 again, Trump insists that he by no means had an affair with Daniels.

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