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J.D. Vance criticizes Michael Cohen outside Trump courtroom

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) took aim at former President Trump’s one-time fixer Michael Cohen outside a New York courtroom on Monday as he took the stand to testify in his hush money trial.

Mr. Vance, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, attempted to undermine Mr. Cohen’s credibility as he began his testimony. Cohen, who paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, is expected to be a key witness for the prosecution in the case.

“This man is a convicted felon who said in his testimony that he secretly recorded his former employer, reportedly only once, and that this was to help Donald Trump. “Would any reasonable, sensible person believe what Michael Cohen says? I don’t think they should.” Said.

“And in fact, I think his testimony would hurt any sane juror, and hopefully there are some of them,” he added.

Vance, President Trump’s running mate, joined Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) in New York City to show support for the former president. Mr. Vance also condemned the gag order issued against Mr. Trump and criticized many other key figures in the hush-money case.

“First, and it’s shameful that the president can’t speak, everyone involved in this prosecution is effectively a democratic political operative,” Vance said.

President Trump is under a gag order that prohibits him from insulting witnesses, jurors, prosecutors, court officials, and the families of judges. That doesn’t preclude talking about the judge overseeing the case or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D).

“Now, look, whether you love Donald Trump or not, whether you like Donald Trump or not, whether you’re a Democrat or apolitical, what’s going on in that courtroom is a violation of American democracy. It’s a threat to our principles,” Vance said.

“My friends, no country can prosecute political opponents instead of persuading voters.”

Vance also Social media platform After observing the trial, he said, “I am convinced that the main purpose of this trial was psychological torture.”

Tuberville, who joined Vance and Malliotakis outside the courtroom, called the courtroom “depressing” in comments to reporters.

Mr. Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to Mr. Cohen’s payments to Mr. Daniels before the 2016 election to keep quiet about his alleged affair with Mr. Trump. President Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies that he had an extramarital affair.

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