MSNBC Legal Analyst Forced to Admit Trump’s Attorney Scored ‘a Moment of Real Triumph’ During Cohen Questioning

MSNBC legal correspondent Lisa Rubin called Trump lawyer Todd Blanche’s grilling of Michael Cohen a “moment of real triumph” for the defense team. (Screenshot/MSNBC)
Published May 18, 2024

For those who’ve been following New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s hush money trial against former President Donald Trump by now, one thing has become very clear even to some of Trump’s harshest critics — this case is not about justice; it’s about a vendetta.

The star witness in the case, Michael Cohen, is a disbarred and disgraced former Trump lawyer who plead guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress, per Fox News.

Pundits, legal experts and even traditionally anti-Trump voices have openly questioned whether Cohen, labeled a “serial perjurer” and “grifter” by some, can be believed.

The credibility of Cohen is crucial for prosecutors seeking to convince jurors that Trump falsified records to conceal reimbursements for a $130,000 payment made in 2016 to adult actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her to remain silent about an alleged tryst with Trump.

The former president faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records over this issue and has denied all wrongdoing.

One commentator, Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School and news contributor wrote on his website that due to the lack of evidence presented by the prosecutors, the Trump case lies  “virtually entirely on the testimony of Michael Cohen,” whom he says has “a record of saying whatever serves his interests and those of his sponsors.”But what happened on Thursday was every defense attorney’s dream scenario.


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Trump attorney Todd Blanche accused prosecution’s star witness of lying in a tense exchange

Published May 18, 2024

MSNBC legal correspondent Lisa Rubin expressed her astonishment towards a key exchange during the cross-examination of ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in the ongoing New York v. Trump trial.

During MSNBC’s coverage of the trial on Thursday, Rubin zeroed in on what the network described as the “John Grisham moment” and the “biggest point” earned by Team Trump when defense attorney Todd Blanche grilled Cohen about his communications with Trump’s former bodyguard Keith Schiller.

“When he started talking about the harassing phone calls that Cohen was getting, I think a bunch of us looked at each other sort of quizzically being like, ‘What is this? Where is this going?’” Rubin said. “And then it became clear when he first brought up the text to Keith Schiller on October 24 after getting Cohen to reestablish that that was the day on which he called Schiller to reach Trump and that remained his testimony that he discussed with Trump that day, the resolution of the Stormy Daniels matter and that it was time to pay out Stormy.”

“Once he connected up to the Keith Schiller text I thought, ‘Oh, we’re in for something here.’ And indeed, we were,” Rubin told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, “because Michael Cohen not only admitted that he is now less than certain about what got discussed that day and that it could have been both but he’s not positive given the one minute and 30-something seconds of that phone call, but also that in eight years he had never seen that Keith Schiller text and that it was not among the things that the district attorney’s office had shown him.”



RELATED: Trump’s lawyers cite Cohen’s insults to undercut his credibility

Published May 16, 2024
NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump‘s lawyer on Thursday accused star witness Michael Cohen of lying at the former U.S. president’s trial about a phone conversation he claimed to have had with Trump about a hush money payment to a porn star shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche said the phone conversation was about harassment from a prank caller and not, as Cohen had asserted in previous testimony, about a $130,000 payment that bought the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels at the center of the month-long trial.
“That is a lie,” Blanche said. “You can admit it!”
“No sir I can’t, because I am not certain that is accurate,” Cohen responded. He said he believed that he spoke with Trump’s then-bodyguard Keith Schiller about the harassment and also spoke briefly with Trump about the payment.
“We are not asking for your belief,” Blanche said, raising his voice.
The exchange took place during several hours of questioning by Blanche designed to cast Trump’s former fixer as a spiteful turncoat eager to see his former boss behind bars.
Blanche played jurors audio clips of Cohen saying that the case “fills me with delight” and that he felt “giddy with hope and laughter” imagining Trump and his family in prison.
He told them that Cohen had previously lied to Congress and to the U.S. Justice Department and had lied in court as well. He pointed out that Cohen had privately sought a pardon from Trump while publicly saying he would not accept one.




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