Witnesses to Donald Trump Construct a “Powerful” Case Against Him

Anjali Jain
Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after attending the wake for New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Jonathan Diller in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, on March 28, 2024. On April 2, 2024, Norm Eisen said that the witness list in Trump's criminal trial involving alleged hush money payments, make for a "powerful case."

The testimony provided by the witnesses in the Manhattan hush money case involving Donald Trump constitutes a “powerful case” against him, according to a legal expert this week.
Norm Eisen, the former White House ethics counsel, discussed the various witnesses in the Trump case, which was initiated by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in 2016. The case involved purported hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Eisen made his remarks during an appearance on CNN News Central on Tuesday.

“In this case, I believe the prosecution, Alvin Bragg, has a strong case,” said Eisen, who represented Democrats during Trump’s initial impeachment. “If they’re calling [former White House Communications Director] Hope Hicks, if they’re calling these other witnesses, it’s because they meticulously put together a case that they’re gonna present to the jury of how Donald Trump allegedly…kept vital information from the voters in the 2016 election.”A spokesperson for Trump was contacted by Newsweek via email requesting comment.

The circumstances: In April of last year, Trump was indicted by Bragg on charges of alleged hush money payments made to Daniels. Bragg further accused the former president of “repeatedly and fraudulently falsifying New York business records with the intention of concealing crimes that withheld damaging information from the electorate throughout the 2016 presidential election.”

Trump has maintained his denial of any culpability in the case, but several witnesses, including Daniels, Hicks, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, model Karen McDougal, and former American Media CEO David Pecker, are anticipated to testify in the trial.
As of last week, Justice Juan Merchan of the New York Supreme Court issued a gag order against Trump in his trial. The order prohibits Trump from discussing a significant number of pertinent individuals, including jurors and witnesses.

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In spite of the restraining order, Trump has assailed Merchan and his daughter on multiple occasions. This week, Bragg submitted a court document in response, seeking an extension of the prohibition order.
“To the extent that the original March 26 Order did not already prohibit this behavior, this Court can and should clarify or extend the Order to protect family members of the Court on the record described below, and should warn defendant that any future disregard of the Order will result in sanctions,” Bragg stated in his motion.

Perspectives: Eisen expressed on CNN that while the requested expansion of the restraining order against Trump is “abnormal,” it is “not entirely unprecedented.”
Nick Akerman, a former prosecutor in Watergate, remarked last month that the suppression order was “so peculiar.”

Monday, Trump’s office issued a statement that assailed Merchan’s daughter rather than explicitly responding to the gag order (Newsweek, [page number]).
“Judge Juan Merchan has a clear conflict, and him continuing to be involved in this Crooked Joe Biden directed Witch Hunt is a complete violation of applicable rules, regulations, and ethics,” according to the statement. “Authentic Campaigns, and thus the judge’s daughter, is actively making money from this sham attack against President Trump, rendering Judge Merchan conflicted out.”

Merchan scheduled the trial for April 15 in the case involving Trump, and he had previously stated that he would be willing to provide testimony in the proceeding.
“I would not hesitate to provide testimony,” stated Trump. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Additionally, the former president claimed he intended to file an appeal of the trial date.

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