Speaker Johnson decries Trump's hush money trial as Cohen testifies

Speaker Johnson decries Trump's hush money trial as Cohen testifies

Speaker Johnson decries Trump's hush money trial as Cohen testifies

NEW YORK — Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson called former President Donald Trump's hush money trial a “sham” Tuesday as he addressed reporters outside the courthouse while Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen continued testifying for the prosecution.

Jackson, E.W. (STAND) Jackson

"I have never seen a situation where a local prosecutor actually prosecutes somebody claiming that they violated the Federal Election Commission rules. It's unprecedented …. From a legal perspective, even as long as the trial's been going on, I have not heard a single expert say that they've brought forth any evidence that indicates any crime in any way or any intentional violation of Federal Election Commission rules."

"Federal authorities have declined to have anything to do with this, so that tells you all you need to know. That tells you this has nothing to do with the law, that this is strictly political … What this is really about is an attempt to use [his] past to smear Donald Trump and stop him from becoming President of The United States again. That's all it's about."

"[Manhattan District Attorney] Alvin Bragg [is] doing a disservice to this country because he's turning our criminal justice system into nothing but a tool for political punishment of your enemies. That's so contrary to who we are as Americans."

E.W. Jackson
Founder of S.T.A.N.D.
Harvard Law graduate
(5/14/2024 on American Family Radio)

With Trump barred by gag order from attacking witnesses and the judge’s family, Johnson did the dirty work for him. He slammed Cohen, the prosecution’s star witness, as “a man who is clearly on a mission for personal revenge” and said he “has trouble with the truth.”

Johnson also decried Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and other court officials as partisans.

“I came here again today on my own to support President Trump because I am one of hundreds of millions of people and one citizen who is deeply concerned about this,” he said.

Returning to the witness stand Tuesday, Michael Cohen testified that he discussed the hush money repayment plan with Donald Trump in the Oval Office when he visited the White House in February 2017.

“I was sitting with President Trump and he asked me if I was OK,” Cohen told jurors. “He asked me if I needed money, and I said, ‘All good,’ because I can get a check.”

Cohen testified that Trump then told him, “OK, make sure you deal with Allen,” a reference to then-Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, and that a check for his January and February payments was forthcoming.

Under Cohen’s reimbursement arrangement, he was paid $35,000 per month for 12 months, for a total of $420,000.