GOP lawmakers join Trump at NYC court to show support against his ‘political prosecution’

May 13, 2024 | Political News

Joining Donald Trump in Manhattan on Monday as DA Alvin Bragg’s falsified business records case continues in court were Senators JD Vance and Tommy Tuberville as well as House Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

The three were seen outside the courtroom where Trump spoke ahead of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen taking the stand as a witness for the prosecution. Reading out articles on the trial for reporters outside the courtroom, Trump said the case was a “baseless, politically motivated prosecution” and a “political witch hunt.”

In a Sunday interview with CNN’s State of the Union, Vance criticized the case, saying the “only thing Alvin Bragg, the New York prosecutors team thinks that Donald Trump did wrong is he ran for president in 2024 and he looks to be on the cusp of victory. If you look at the underlying argument of the case, they can't even identify what it is that Donald Trump did.”

“They said he committed a paperwork violation in service to a crime, but they won't even specify the crime that he committed,” he added, suggesting that the case was a distraction from Biden's failed record as the leader of the country. 

Cohen took the stand on Monday morning as the trial entered its fifth week. A 2018 letter stated that it was Cohen who paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his pocket in 2016, and “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly.”

Former Trump Organization controller Jeffrey McConney testified in early May that Trump did not ask him to set up a repayment for Cohen.

“And payments to lawyers by the Trump Organization are legal expenses, right?” asked Bove. 

“Yes,” said McConney. 

“President Trump did not ask you to do any of the things you just described … correct?” Bove asked. 

“He did not,” McConney replied. 

“And as far as you know, President Trump did not ask anyone to do those things?” Bove continued. The prosecution objected.

“In none of the conversations that you had with Mr. Weisselberg, did he suggest that President Trump had told him to do these things?” Bove asked. 

“Allen never told me that,” McConney said.