Donald Trump Prosecutors ‘Know They’ve Got a Problem’—Legal Analyst

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution team “know they’ve got a problem” with Michael Cohen’s expected testimony on Monday in Trump’s criminal hush money trial, former U.S. attorney and CNN legal analyst Michael Moore said on Friday.

In highly-anticipated testimony, Cohen, a name that has echoed throughout the proceedings of the trial, is expected to take the stand against Trump on Monday.

But the prosecution’s key witness and former Trump attorney and fixer at the center of the case could be “the string that they’re [the prosecution] either going to use to tie everything together or it’s going to unravel because of him,” Moore said while appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Newsweek reached out to Moore’s firm and Trump’s legal team for comment via email and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office via telephone.

Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee, became the first former president in U.S. history to stand trial in a criminal case last month. Following an investigation by Bragg’s office, Trump was indicted in March 2023 on charges of falsifying business records relating to hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels by Cohen during his 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels had alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he has denied. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges and said the case against him is politically motivated.

Formerly a Trump loyalist, Cohen has now become a vocal critic of Trump. A disbarred lawyer who pled guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign-finance violations and lying to Congress, Cohen served a three-year prison sentence and home arrest.

“It seems to me they [the prosecution] know they’ve got a problem,” Moore said on Friday, adding that “they know they’ve got a rogue witness,” in reference to Cohen. “That’s what they’re afraid of.”

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Michael Cohen arrives at former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on October 25, 2023, in New York City. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution team “know they’ve got…

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Meanwhile, Cohen has presented several problems for the prosecution. Former federal prosecutor Michael McAuliffe previously told Newsweek that “Michael Cohen is a complete mess as a witness for the prosecution,” adding that his previous comments about Trump and “often bizarre publicity stunts” make him “less and less useful as a source of credible evidence.”

Los Angeles-based litigator John J. Perlstein brings a different view about Cohen, previously telling Newsweek, “The defense attorneys attempting to portray him as despicable could certainly backfire if he is credible with respect to the pertinent facts. I tend to think he will be credible when it comes to the information relative to the charges against Trump, who is also disliked in my humble opinion.”

Cohen has been vocal on TikTok and other social media platforms about the former president and the trial in the days leading up to his expected testimony. Earlier this week, Cohen posted a TikTok while wearing a shirt that featured a photo of Trump in an orange jumpsuit behind bars.

On Friday, Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the case, told prosecutors to ask Cohen to “refrain from making any more statements about this case.”