Trump’s woes with the Stormy Daniels case are not over yet, and the threat of an indictment continues to loom. A lawyer who previously advised ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has been asked to testify this week in the Manhattan grand jury investigation.
The case is focused on Trump’s alleged $130,000 hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.
Attorney Robert Costello is reportedly ready to attack the credibility of Cohen, who allegedly made the payment to Daniels on Trump’s behalf and was later reimbursed for the expense.
According to the Associated Press, Costello claims to have information that goes against Cohen’s statements and they could be “exculpatory for Trump.”
The report said that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office “last week subpoenaed Costello’s law firm for records and invited him to provide testimony on Monday afternoon.”
Trump wrote this on social media: “THE MOST IMPORTANT WITNESS TO GO BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY GRAND JURY, A HIGHLY RESPECTED LAWYER WHO ONCE REPRESENTED CONVICTED FELON, JAILBIRD, AND SERIAL FAKE STORYTELLER AND LIAR, MICHAEL COHEN, WILL BE DOING SO TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THE INFORMATION HE WILL PRESENT WILL SUPPOSEDLY BE CONCLUSIVE AND IRREFUTABLE!”
Trump started a firestorm over the weekend when he claimed that he was going to be “arrested on Tuesday.”
A spokesperson for Trump later said that Trump has been given “no notification” that there will be an arrest next week.
Trump commented after there was a report from NBC News that said federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were analyzing security assessments and preparing for the possibility that the former president might be indicted next week.
Daily Wire podcast host Ben Shapiro tweeted, “Prosecuting Trump over the Stormy Daniels payoff is beyond absurd. It’s political targeting, obviously — and it’s coming from the same DA who pledged in 2022 not to prosecute misdemeanor resisting arrest, certain obstruction of governmental administration, and prostitution.”
Prosecuting Trump over the Stormy Daniels payoff is beyond absurd. It's political targeting, obviously — and it's coming from the same DA who pledged in 2022 not to prosecute misdemeanor resisting arrest, certain obstruction of governmental administration, and prostitution.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 19, 2023