A serial perjurer will try to prove an old misdemeanor against Trump in an embarrassment for the New York legal system


By Jonathan Turley

The famous Roman philosopher and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “The more laws, the less justice.”

This week, New York judges and lawyers appear eager to prove that the same is true for cases against Donald Trump. 

After an absurd $450 million decision courtesy of Attorney General Letitia James, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will bring his equally controversial criminal prosecution over hush money paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

Lawyers have been scouring the civil and criminal codes for any basis to sue or prosecute Trump before the upcoming 2024 election. This week will highlight the damage done to New York’s legal system because of this unhinged crusade. They’ve charged him with everything short of ripping a label off a mattress.

Just a few weeks ago, another judge imposed a roughly half billion dollar penalty in a case without a single victim who lost a single cent on loans with Trump. (Indeed, bank officials testified they wanted more business with the Trump organization).

Now Bragg is bringing a case that has taken years to develop and millions of dollars in litigation costs for all parties. That is all over a crime from before the 2016 election that is a misdemeanor under state law that had already expired under the statute of limitations.

Like his predecessor, Bragg previously scoffed at the case. However, two prosecutors, Carey R. Dunne and Mark F. Pomerantz, then resigned and started a public pressure campaign to get New Yorkers to demand prosecution.

Pomerantz shocked many of us by publishing a book on the case against Trump —  who was still under investigation and not charged, let alone convicted, of any crime. He did so despite objections from his former colleague that such a book was grossly improper.

Nevertheless, it worked. Bragg brought a Rube Goldberg case that is so convoluted and counterintuitive that even liberal legal analysts criticized it.

Trump paid Daniels to avoid any publicity over their brief alleged affair. As a celebrity, there was ample reason to want to keep the affair quiet, and that does not even include the fact that he is a married man.

It also occurred before the 2016 election and there was clearly a benefit to quash the scandal as a candidate. That political motivation is at the heart of this long-delayed case.

It is a repeat of the case involving former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. In 2012, the Justice Department used the same theory to charge the former Democratic presidential candidate after a disclosure that he not only had an affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter but also hid the fact that he had a child by her. Edwards denied the affair, and money from donors was passed to Hunter to keep the matter quiet.

The Justice Department spent a huge amount on the case to show that the third-party payments were a circumvention of campaign finance laws. However, Edwards was ultimately found not guilty on one count while the jury deadlocked on the other five.

With Trump, the Justice Department declined a repeat of the Edwards debacle and did not bring any federal charge.

But Bragg then used the alleged federal crime to bootstrap a defunct misdemeanor charge into a felony in the current case. He is arguing that Trump intentionally lied when his former lawyer Michael Cohen listed the payments as retainer costs rather than a payment — to avoid reporting it as a campaign contribution to himself.

Thus, if he had simply had Cohen report the payment as “hush money,” there would be no crime.

Once again, the contrast to other controversies is telling. Before the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign denied that it had funded the infamous Steele dossier behind the debunked Russian collusion claims.

The funding was hidden as legal expenses by then-Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias (the FEC later sanctioned the campaign over its hiding of the funding).

When a reporter tried to report the story, he said Elias “pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.’” Times reporter Maggie Haberman declared, “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.”

Likewise, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, was called before congressional investigators and denied categorically any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS. Sitting beside him was Elias, who reportedly said nothing to correct the misleading information given to Congress.

Yet, there were no charges stemming from the hiding of the funding, though it was all part of the campaign budget.

Making this assorted business even more repellent will be the appearance of Cohen himself on the stand. Cohen recently was denounced by a judge as a serial perjurer who is continuing to game the system.

Cohen has a long record as a legal thug who has repeatedly lied when it served his interests. He has a knack for selling his curious skill set to powerful figures like Trump and now Bragg.

For those of us who have been critics of Cohen from when he was still working for Trump, it is mystifying that anyone would call him to the stand to attest to anything short of the time of day . . . and even then most of us would check our watches.

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Soros Bragg the NYAG Etc. their the teal traitors and anyone who thinks or called Trum a Traitor are stupider Then a sack full of Rocks

What I notice from the news coverage at the Ministry of Propaganda and social media comments is that those who happily substitute fascism for the freest society on the planet cheer Trump merely being in court. Of course, they being the judge and jury, they have already convicted Trump of crimes they can’t even define. That pretty much defines lawfare.

What needs to happen, what is sorely needed, is for everyone involved in the politically motivated lawfare prosecutions is for them all to be disbarred. They are a stain on the entire judicial system.

This is the only case they will ever have an opportunity to get a conviction. Trump will not have a jury of his peers. The case can not establish that a crime occurred.

This will backfire just like the rest of the fake cases.

And has NY ever bothered to investigate the Clinton Foundation, which does NO charity work and is nothing but an ATM for the Clinton’s?

Oh how juicy it involves a porn star, who only porn addicts ever heard of before any of this. She wrote a letter denying the entire thing happened. Obviously an attempt to drag the money grubbing slut into the lime-lite once again and push her horse-face infront of the evangelists, in hopes that will change a vote to the guy that showered with his daughter according to his daughters own diary.
Beyond the statute of limitations.
Trump changed no records the serial liar and ex-con may have.
Bright side more free press.

The guy Trump threw under the bus did his time, and will now tell all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Greg

What bus? Who can believe a guy that is an admitted liar.
Cohens crimes are his own.

Is not this trial about commercial bookkeeping?

What does the December playboy bunny, billy bush or stormey daniels have to do with bookkeeping errors obsolete due to statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations for filing criminal charges was extended in nineteen states due to administrative disruptions resulting from the COVID pandemic. New York is one of those that did so.

Note that such extensions weren’t a red state/blue state issue. Multiple republican-dominated states did the same thing.

Last edited 1 month ago by Greg


What’s the lie?

greg lied

Global Warming/Climate Change Rosebud

Why didn’t they bring the case 6 years ago? Oh… THAT’S right. Bragg, Vance, the DoJ and the FEC all looked at it and saw NOTHING. But, gee, now that there’s a campaign…

Why are Democrats registering illegal immigrants to vote?

Because Trump was a sitting president.

Why didn’t they bring the case 6 years ago? 

Remember Mueller? They could have brought charges if there was anything. He could have been impeached for it. Why not? Why are Democrats registering illegal immigrants to vote?

How much violence to you think the Democrats are going to use against the pro-Hamas terrorists protesters at the Chicago Democrat convention?

Biden stole the 2020 election. Pinhead

Is was passed over by fat ass alvins predecessors and even fat ass alvin himself. It wasn’t until the WH sent Matthew colango from DOJ that they cooked up this showntrial.

Even fat ass alvin has still yet to explain how a verifiable misdemeanor accounting error has suddenly become a felony. This trial is a farce.

Who feeds you this crap? They clearly don’t explain it to you.

Maybe you should explain what you’re babbling about.

Maybe you should stop trying to pretend you know a damn thing about law. You don’t. You’re as big a liar as the Deleware pedophile currently disgracing the Oval Office

The statute of limitations for filing criminal charges was extended in nineteen states due to administrative disruptions resulting from the COVID pandemic. New York is one of those that did so.

The tolling period for NY ended April 26,2020.

Once again you show you, and Michael, don’t know shit about law.

This is just a sideshow while we’re waiting for the SCOTUS to rule on Trump’s total presidential immunity claim.

The federal charges are what matter.

Last edited 1 month ago by Greg

What matters is justice, due process, legal rights and the Constitution. Democrats are trampling all that because they are fascists. Trump has broken no laws, committed no crimes.

I’ll believe a confessed liar before an inveterate liar who never admits to or apologizes for anything.

About what? What is he to testify to? What are the charges?

Last edited 1 month ago by kitt

Hell, nobody knows.

One of her films?

From the coach who knew about the sexual abuse of his wrestling team, but did nothing…

Debunked buttwheat

No you tell me what are the charges.
Looks like all records were from an attorney a checkstubs
what does this refer to? with intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime and aid and conceal the commission thereof, what crime? Who was he defrauding with an NDA, paid for and recorded by an attorney and said records reciepts given to his company for services billed to him?

Everyone who subsequently voted for him.

Who was he defrauding with an NDA, paid for and recorded by an attorney and said records reciepts given to his company for services billed to him?

At the end of the day this trial is nothing more than election interference. The is a conspiracy to commit election interference on the part of democrats and democrat operatives. It will be poetic justice to see all of the conspirators in prison.

Everyone who subsequently voted for him.

Are you claiming it is a class action lawsuit?

Name all the plaintiffs.

Oh like a laptop?

Stormy still owes Trump more than 300k.

Last edited 1 month ago by TrumpWon

Your still a idiot

Of course you do. You VOTE for them every election.

Actually, it appears Cohen threw Trump under the bus. It was Cohen that had the affair, not Trump.

CNN is not a reliable source of real news you Moron just Ted Turners leftists Propaganda just like this kids leftists propaganda Captain Planet and the Planeteers/Network Earth, One Child One Voice and National Geographic Explorer

CNN is one of the worse source of News you Moron

Show us a person ranting, Madcow said if you took the jab covid stopped right there, a lie, misinformation. her liberal insane opinion show sucks.
Dont expect me to sit through that and have my IQ lowered as much as yours.

Last edited 1 month ago by kitt

No, really… Madcow? The serial liar who thought she had a bombshell with Trump’s stolen tax returns until they showed he paid millions in taxes? Who lied about Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden paying off student loans? Who lied about Russian collusion and Hunter’s laptop? Cmon, man! Why are Democrats registering illegal immigrants to vote?

Never mind that court ruling,
Rachel Maddow on her program that a court ruled is understood even by her own viewers to offer exaggeration and opinion, not facts.
Mentally ill ranting to the mentally weak.
Her grandfather a Russian, she has stronger Russian connections than Trump does. She helped drive Air America off the air.

Last edited 1 month ago by kitt