Ex-AG Whitaker to Newsmax: Cohen a Liability in DA’s Case Against Trump

Matt Whitaker, a former acting Attorney General in the Trump administration, told Newsmax on Thursday that the case against Trump centering on alleged hush money has “turned 180 degrees from last weekend,” mainly regarding the prosecution’s star witness, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Cohen, sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 for crimes including lying to Congress, testified in front of a grand jury empaneled by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels weeks before the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf to keep her quiet about an alleged affair between them in 2006, and that he was reimbursed through Trump campaign funds. Trump has repeatedly denied having an affair with Daniels and denied knowing about the money paid to her.

Speculation grew earlier this week that an indictment would be handed down Monday or Tuesday, making Trump the first sitting or former president to face criminal charges. But nothing happened either day, and the grand jury is not expected to meet again on the matter until Monday.

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