As the clock ticks away on New York’s Far Left Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s timeline to indict former President Donald Trump, Republicans from longshot
Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy to Florida’s MAGA Governor Ron DeSantis and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy have rallied to defend former President Trump.
Governor DeSantis has said he won’t greenlight an extradition order and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and the other top Republicans on the Administration and Oversight committees on Monday sent a letter to Bragg to demand that he turn over documents related to his Trump investigation and testify before Congress after reports said that Trump could face an indictment as soon as today.
"You are reportedly about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former president of the United States and current declared candidate for that office," the letter said.
"In light of the serious consequences of your actions, we expect that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision," the GOP lawmakers wrote.
However, Trump might not need the help – even though his team seemed to welcome it.
Earlier this week Bob Costello, a longtime associate of Rudy Giuliani gave a sidewalk interview after his testimony before Bragg’s Grand Jury; “They'd ask me a limited question based on these six emails, and I would volunteer information that I thought the grand jury needed to hear,” he said. “My only mission there today was to tell the truth about what Michael Cohen was saying during any point in time when I was representing him in April 2018.”
“I told the grand jury that this guy couldn't tell the truth if you put a gun to his head,” he added.
Attorney Bob Costello’s bombshell testimony was followed by another bombshell – the release of a letter by Michael Cohen wherein he denied that Trump had reimbursed him for the hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, AKA Stephanie Clifford.
Miranda Devine, Priscilla DeGregory and Bruce Golding reporting for The New York Post, surfaced the letter from 2018 that shows Michael Cohen lying about the circumstances of his infamous $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels — which later helped send him to prison.
The letter, obtained by The Post on Wednesday, emerged as the disbarred lawyer appeared poised to become the star witness in the unprecedented political prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
In it, Cohen told the Federal Election Commission that he “used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,” aka Daniels, in 2016.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly,” Cohen lawyer Stephen Ryan wrote on Feb. 8, 2018.
But a little more than six months later, Cohen changed his tune and copped a plea to a laundry list of federal crimes that included making an excessive campaign contribution to Trump, by paying Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged 2006 affair with him.
Trump has denied cheating on his wife Melania Trump with Daniels.
As part of his guilty plea, Cohen admitted that he used a newly incorporated shell company to pay Daniels, then sought reimbursement from the Trump Organization for the full amount, plus a $35 wire fee and another $50,000 for tech work related to Trump’s campaign.
The total was doubled for tax purposes, and Cohen also received a $60,000 bonus, with the full amount of $420,000 paid to him in monthly installments for which he submitted invoices, reported Devine, DeGregory and Golding.
Former Manhattan prosecutor Michael Bachner told Devine, DeGregory and Golding that Cohen could prove problematic because he “may or may not be telling the absolute truth about what occurred.”
That could be the understatement of the whole sordid affair, Bachner said, “Whenever you have as a significant or star witness in your case an individual who has an enormous amount of baggage, including having made false statements in the past — that is a very serious problem.”
Trump, for his part, seemed to begin to make good on his lawyer Joe Tacopina’s statement that “He’ll be there loud and proud, and there’s nobody that’s gonna make him cower,” by challenging the Manhattan DA to drop the case against him and go after violent criminals.
Trump said the letter constitutes “exculpatory” evidence and called for an immediate end to Bragg’s case.
“Wow, look what was just found—A Letter from Cohen’s Lawyer to the Federal Election Commission. This is totally exculpatory, and must end the Manhattan District Attorney’s Witch Hunt, immediately,” Trump wrote in a post on his Truth social media platform.
“Cohen admits that he did it himself. The D.A. should get on with prosecuting violent criminals, so people can walk down the sidewalks of New York without being murdered!”
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