Trump’s Defense Attorney Argues Against Conviction Based On ‘Liar’ Michael Cohen’s Testimony

In the closing arguments of President Donald Trump’s hush money trial, his attorney Todd Blanche stirred controversy by telling jurors they couldn’t convict or imprison his client based on the testimony of the prosecution’s star witness, Michael Cohen. Blanche referred to Cohen as the “M.V.P. of liars” and the “human embodiment of reasonable doubt.”

“You cannot send someone to prison; you cannot convict somebody based upon the words of Michael Cohen,” Blanche argued, emphasizing that Cohen had lied repeatedly under oath. Judge Juan Merchan admonished Blanche for mentioning prison, noting that a guilty verdict does not necessarily mean prison time.

Blanche also pointed out ten specific areas where there was reasonable doubt to find Trump not guilty, including the lack of evidence that Trump knew about the invoices or intended to defraud anyone.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass attempted to humanize Cohen, acknowledging his anger at being the only one to face consequences for his role in the alleged conspiracy. Steinglass argued that the prosecution needed to prove the existence of false business records used as part of a conspiracy and that Trump knew about them.

As the jury prepares to deliberate, the Biden campaign held a press conference outside the courthouse seeking to capitalize on the clearly politically motivated lawfare being conducted against President Trump.