Monday, March 20, 2023

Orange Meltdown, Con't

Everyone seems convinced that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg will indict Trump this week, and Tuesday, specifically, to hear Trump cream it in all caps on social media. Regardless of the timing however, Bragg's grand jury investigation is still active and continuing, with more testimony scheduled for today.
A Manhattan grand jury that is expected to vote soon on whether to indict Donald J. Trump may hear testimony Monday attacking the prosecution’s star witness, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The testimony would come from a lawyer, Robert J. Costello, who would appear at the request of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, the people said. Mr. Costello was once a legal adviser to Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer, who has been a key witness for the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Mr. Costello and Mr. Cohen had a falling out, and Mr. Costello would appear solely to undermine Mr. Cohen’s credibility, the people said.

Under New York law, a person who is expected to be indicted can request that a witness appear on his or her behalf. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have asked that Mr. Costello testify, but the final decision rests with the grand jury; it is unclear whether they have made a decision. The grand jury has been hearing evidence about the former president’s involvement in a hush money payment to a porn star.

Mr. Costello’s appearance would come soon after Mr. Cohen concluded his own grand jury testimony. If Mr. Costello testifies, there is also a chance that Mr. Cohen will be asked to return to rebut some of Mr. Costello’s assertions.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office declined to comment, as did Mr. Costello. A lawyer for Mr. Cohen, Lanny J. Davis, declined to comment.

The district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, a Democrat, is expected to seek an indictment of Mr. Trump as soon as this week. There have been several signals that charges may be imminent: The prosecutors gave Mr. Trump an opportunity to testify, a right given to people who will soon face indictment. They have now questioned nearly every major player in the hush money saga in front of the grand jury.

Mr. Cohen made the $130,000 hush money payment to the porn star, Stormy Daniels, to bury her story of an affair with Mr. Trump.
Seems odd that testimony is still continuing if Bragg is going to supposedly arrest Trump tomorrow, but then again it's entirely possible that Donald Trump is lying his ass off and is trying to sabotage Bragg's case in the court of public opinion, just a hunch. 

It's almost like Trump is saying one thing, and then is doing another, in this case responding to Michael Cohen's grand jury testimony with testimony from Costello, prolonging the grand jury proceedings and then leaking as much as he can get away with to the press in order to muck up the case.
Weird how he always seems to do that in general.

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