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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on social media last week after learning that his office planned to seek an indictment against former President Donald Trump in connection with an investigation into ‘hush money’ paid to an adult film star ahead of the 2016 election.
Greene was responding to a letter to the Federal Election Commission from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s attorneys dated Feb. 8, 2018, indicating that their client made a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels ahead of the election on his own volition and with his own funds, not Trump campaign funds. The letter also claims that Cohen worked independently of the Trump campaign and the Republican presidential contender.
In a tweet, the Georgia Republican stated that this was “exculpatory proof,” proving that Bragg had no case. She also stated that he should be prosecuted for inappropriately conducting an inquiry.
Former President Trump posted a copy of the letter on his Truth Social profile commenting:
“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,” (…) “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!”
A witness who testified before Bragg’s grand jury regarding the inquiry last Monday has spoken publicly about Cohen, who was a crucial witness in the case.
Former Cohen legal counsel Robert Costello referred to him as a “convicted perjurer” and warned that his testimony to the grand jury on Trump may be suspect.
Costello stated that he testified despite being advised by others that he had nothing to gain. He said he wanted to provide the truth to grand jurors, and to counter the lies promoted by the media. He went on to say that if there was substantial proof to prosecute Trump, there would be no difficulty, but that Cohen is not always a dependable witness.
He told to the news outlet “Newsnation”:
“If you see the full picture, you know, listen, if they want to go after Donald Trump and they have solid evidence, so be it. But Michael Cohn is far from solid evidence,” (…) “This guy, by any prosecutor’s standard, and I used to be deputy chief of the criminal division in the Southern District of New York, I wouldn’t have touched the guy like Michael Cohen, especially if he’s a convicted perjurer,” he continued. “Not to mention, as I said, the 50 to 100 lies he [Cohen] told us that are in those 330 emails.”
Trump previously admitted reimbursing Cohen for the payment, but he has maintained that the repayment was unrelated to his campaign finances. The payment reimbursing Cohen was regarded as a lawful expenditure by the Trump Organization. Others have also pointed out that Trump self-funded his first campaign.