Trump defense team attacks credibility of former fixer in hush money closing



Defense attorneys for former President Donald Trump made the credibility of Trump’s one-time attorney and fixer the center of their closing arguments in his hush money case.

Trump attorney Todd Blanche delivered the closing remarks for the defense on Tuesday after jurors heard from 22 witnesses over four weeks of testimony.

Blanche said Trump’s presidential campaign was trying to get him elected.

“Every campaign in this country is a conspiracy to promote a candidate,” Blanche told the jury, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Blanche also took aim at prosecution’s star witness: Michael Cohen, the convicted felon who previously served as Trump’s personal attorney and fixer.

Blanche accused Cohen of lying under oath.

“You cannot convict President Trump of any crime beyond a reasonable doubt on the words of Michael Cohen,” Blanche said, The Hill reported.

Cohen was the only person who directly implicated Trump in the alleged scheme from the witness stand.

Blanche called Cohen the “GLOAT: Greatest Liar of All Time,” and the “MVP of liars,” Politico reported.

The case centered around Trump’s alleged sexual encounter with an adult film actress in 2006 and a $130,000 payment to her in 2016 to keep her quiet ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denied the encounter happened.

Prosecutors allege that Trump covered up the payment to Stormy Daniels and another hush money payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal ahead of the election, falsifying records to claim they were legal payments.

Trump, 77, is the first former U.S. president to be charged with a felony.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to money paid to Daniels and McDougal. Bragg has alleged Trump broke New York law when he falsified business records with the intent to commit or conceal another crime.

Prosecutors allege Trump falsified internal records kept by his company, hiding the true nature of payments that involve Daniels ($130,000), McDougal ($150,000), and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen ($420,000). Prosecutors allege the money was logged as legal expenses, not reimbursements. Both Cohen and Daniels testified during the trial.

Prosecutors plan to deliver a four-hour closing argument this afternoon.

Jury instructions could begin later this week.

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