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By Mae Slater on
 April 15, 2024

Cohen Doubts Trump Will Testify in Hush Money Case: 'Not Going To Happen'

In a recent statement, Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Donald Trump, indicated that it is highly improbable that Trump will testify in the upcoming New York hush money trial, countering Trump's own assertions of willingness to take the stand.

During an appearance on MSNBC "The Weekend" this Saturday, Cohen expressed his skepticism regarding Trump's participation as a witness in his own defense. The Hill reported that this declaration came on the heels of Trump's bold claim on the preceding Friday, where he articulated that he would "absolutely" testify in the case that has him facing 34 felony charges.

The case, which is slated to begin trial on Monday, revolves around allegations of falsifying business records to conceal a payment made to Stormy Daniels. This payment was in reference to an alleged affair preceding the 2016 election — allegations that Trump has vigorously denied, alongside the affair itself.

Cohen, once a staunch ally of Trump turned critic, reflected on Trump's history of legal testimonies, noting his ineffectiveness as a defendant, especially highlighted in the E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit.

Legal Proceedings Move Forward Despite Trump's Efforts

Despite Trump's attempts to delay the legal proceedings, Judge Juan Merchan has recently discarded yet another effort by Trump to postpone the trial. As a result, jury selection and the trial are set to proceed as planned. Cohen, in his remarks, further elaborated on Trump's limitations as a witness, drawing from Trump's dubious performance during the Carroll trial, where Trump confused E. Jean Carroll with Marla Maples.

Cohen vividly described the unlikelihood of Trump testifying as him waking up "7’6″ and playing center for the New York Knicks," underscoring his belief in Trump's absence from the witness stand through a colorful analogy. He further commented on Trump's overall disposition as a witness, calling into question his ability to effectively defend himself in a scenario he described as "indefensible."

Trump, for his part, commented on the unpredictability of jury selection, attributing it largely to luck, and voiced his dissatisfaction with having a trial. These remarks provide insight into Trump’s perspective on the judicial process and his legal strategy moving forward.

Trump's Legal Quagmire: A Closer Look

The unfolding saga of Donald Trump's legal battles continues to captivate the public's attention, with twists and turns that often read like a legal thriller. Cohen's latest statements shed light on the complexity of Trump's current predicament, offering a glimpse into the strategic considerations at play as the trial approaches.

As the trial looms on the horizon, the discourse surrounding Trump's potential testimony and overall defense strategy becomes increasingly pertinent. Cohen’s insights, rooted in his previous close association and subsequent fallout with Trump, provide a unique lens through which to view the unfolding legal narrative.

In sum, Cohen's commentary has further intensified the anticipation surrounding the trial, setting the stage for what promises to be a highly scrutinized legal battle. With Trump's history of contentious legal entanglements, the upcoming trial represents yet another chapter in the former president's tumultuous post-presidential life.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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