Legal Analyst: Donald Trump Just Had His “Best Five Minutes” in New York Court

Anjali Jain
Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 7, 2024 in New York City.

Legal analyst and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman stated on Friday that former President Donald Trump just had “the best five minutes or so” in his hush money criminal trial—and it wasn’t from a defense witness.

A former White House aide, Madeleine Westerhout, testified before the defense in Trump’s hush money trial on Friday. Thursday, Westerhout, a prosecution witness, previously provided testimony. Due to her executive assistant duties, Westerhout was in close proximity to Trump’s desk for the better part of two and a half years.

Westerhout recollected that “they laughed a lot when she entered the Oval Office” when he described the former president and his wife, Melania Trump, as having a “truly special” relationship during cross-examination. “There was really no one else who could have put him in his place,” Westerhout said of the former first lady, adding, “He [Trump] was my boss, but she was unquestionably in charge.”

Litman told CNN hosts Erica Hill and John Berman on Friday, in response to Westerhout’s testimony, that “she [Westerhout] essentially says he [Trump] loves Melania” and that “that is the number one thing” Trump’s team will attempt to exploit in closing arguments. “It is Westerhout who provides it to them.”

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Newsweek contacted the legal teams of Litman and Trump via email requesting comment.
Last month, Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee for 2024, entered into criminal proceedings as the first former president in the history of the United States. In March 2023, subsequent to an inquiry conducted by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Trump was charged with indictment on charges of fabricating business records pertaining to hush money disbursed to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.

Daniels had previously made allegations that she was involved in an extramarital relationship with Trump in 2006, a claim that Trump has refuted. The former president has asserted that the case against him is politically motivated while pleading not guilty to all charges. In contrast, Westerhout’s subsequent testimony elaborated on the intricacies of Trump’s work arrangements involving multitasking, stating that he preferred hard copy documents, was “attentive to things that were brought to his attention,” and signed numerous documents.

“No, he spoke to so many people,” she replied in response to the defense attorney’s inquiry whether she could “recall any communications explicitly between him and Allen Weisselberg,” the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.”

Additionally, she recalled that Trump was “extremely irate” with the 2018 Wall Street Journal article regarding the alleged hush money agreement with Daniels, adding, “From what I understand, he was aware that it could cause distress for his family.”

“She was extremely cooperative as a witness and genuinely, truly sought to please,” Litman said on Friday of Westerhout.
The fourth week of the case came to a close on Friday afternoon. On Monday, the trial will recommence, and it is anticipated that Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney who is the central figure and a key witness for the prosecution, will provide testimony.

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