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Michael Cohen authored a book entitled Revenge and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg ran his 2022 election campaign on revenge against Trump.
For the last week, the criminal case against Trump has been a yo-yo of drama. It stems from a 2016 $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels facilitated by Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former attorney.
In the last days, the public drama drew the certainty of indicting former President Donald Trump’s and turned into a daily watch.
Michael Cohen has been booked everywhere as the star witness against Trump seemingly confident Trump would be indicted.
Then Robert Costello, the former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York entered the picture.
Costello has represented Michael Cohen in the past. Knowing that Cohen waived his attorney-client privilege with him and his law firm and that Cohen had admitted to him and another attorney that Trump was not involved in the payment, Costello gave a courtesy call last week to the prosecutors in the Trump case last week Bragg was not present.
Costello informed them about their possible lack of due diligence on Michael Cohen as their star witness and informed them he had a document that allows him to speak to them about his former client, Michael Cohen.
Costello then informed the prosecutors he had exculpatory evidence that contradicts what Cohen was saying publicly.
Costello was then slapped with a subpoena over the weekend to appear before the grand jury on Monday.
Costello never blinked and appeared with a stack of over 300 communications between his firm and his former client, Michael Cohen. '
Cohen has publicly stated he did not waive his attorney client privilege but that is not the evidence Costello holds in his possession.
Cohen not only waived his attorney client privilege with Costello, but Costello confidently walked into the grand jury with his evidence raising the question whether the New York prosecutors should even be relying on Cohen to bring an unprecedented criminal case against a former president.
As a former prosecutor, Costello knows that grand jury witnesses must not only be vetted but a higher level of due diligence is due in a criminal case.
Costello attested that Cohen told him Trump had nothing to do with the payment to Daniels.
Today, a 2018 letter from another Cohen attorney surfaced.
Cohen attorney Stephen Ryan wrote to the Federal Election Commission in 2018 and asserted that Trump was not involved in making the hush payment to the porn star, Stormy Daniels, and that the then-presidential candidate in 2016 did not reimburse Cohen.
"In a private transaction in 2016, before the U.S. presidential election, Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford [Stormy Daniels]," the letter reads. "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 President Donald Trump shared the letter on Truth Social, declaring it to be "totally exculpatory."
That Ryan letter seemingly corroborates what Bob Costello told the grand jury on Monday. Cohen’s conversation with Costello was in 2018.
Costello has told CDMedia that Cohen was desperate to stay out of jail, would do anything not to go to jail, and when asked if he had anything on Trump, Cohen repeatedly had the same answer.
In an interview to CDMedia, Costello said Cohen told him and another lawyer who had known Cohen for 10 years there was nothing there on Trump.
“Cohen told us I have nothing on Trump,” said Costello.
Ryan’s letter appears to lend some credence and corroboration to Costello’s earlier conversations with Cohen and Costello’s representation to the NY grand jury.
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