Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 15, 2024

Cohen's Testimony Raises Credibility Issues in Trump Trial

Michael Cohen's consistent lying may jeopardize DA Bragg's case, despite Cohen's insistence that he's now telling the truth and wants jurors to believe him.

According to a Fox News report, Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Donald Trump, testified in a Manhattan trial on May 13, 2024, despite his past convictions for perjury and other crimes.

His testimony raises questions about the credibility of habitual liars in court and the integrity of the prosecution led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Cohen's History of Lies

Cohen has admitted to lying to various entities, including courts, banks, Congress, and the IRS. His testimony is filled with admissions of past lies and deceitful behavior.

In one instance, Cohen secretly recorded Trump without his permission shortly before the 2016 election. The recording involved discussions about payments to silence a story but did not implicate Trump in any criminal activity.

The trial has also shed light on Cohen's role in handling payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. These payments were inaccurately booked as “legal expenses.”

Questionable Evidence in Trial

Cohen testified that the money he received was compensation for his work on the Daniels settlement. Despite his claims, there is no direct evidence linking Trump to any wrongdoing in this matter.

Other witnesses have challenged Cohen’s assertions, stating that Trump’s concerns were more about his family than his electoral chances. This contradicts Cohen's portrayal of Trump’s motivations.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) previously found no campaign finance violations in this case. These findings cast further doubt on the prosecution's claims.

Bragg's Controversial Prosecution

Despite no federal jurisdiction, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's pursuit of the case has led to controversy and claims of political bias. Attorney General Merrick Garland did not stop the state-level case, and Matthew Colangelo's move from the DOJ to Bragg’s office has been questioned.

Critics argue that the prosecution uses unethical tactics, including relying on Michael Cohen's dubious testimony, with Cohen's past statements contradicting his current testimony.

Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith and findings from the FEC and DOJ suggest the alleged crime is not a crime, weakening the prosecution's case.

In summary, Cohen's testimony and past lies, the dubious evidence presented, and the controversial prosecution led by Bragg are key elements of this ongoing trial. The credibility of habitual liars in court and the integrity of the prosecution are central to the case's outcome.

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