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Trump uses CNN commentator to argue he should be found not guilty

Former President Trump on Thursday pointed to recent comments by a CNN legal analyst to strengthen his argument that he should not be found guilty in his hush money trial in New York.

Speaking to reporters after his day in court, Trump listed a series of news organizations and their respective analysts who had expressed doubts about the case against him, including CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

“It’s been a very interesting day. It’s been a fascinating day. And it shows what a fraud this thing is. And I think that’s what everyone… CNN and… [MSNBC] …Here’s the quote,” Trump said, pointing to a pile of documents in his hands.

“Throughout the trial, Elie Honig, this is what he just said…’I wouldn’t have even filed an indictment in this case,'” Trump added.

Honig, who frequently appears on CNN’s segment to break down the former president’s legal battles, this week expressed concerns about the prosecution’s star witness, Michael Cohen.

Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer and lawyer, was grilled Thursday by Mr. Trump’s defense team during cross-examination.

Live broadcast on CNN During Thursday’s trial, Honig said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a star cooperating witness get his knees cut as clearly and dramatically as he did with Michael Cohen.”

A day earlier, Mr. Honig, who previously served as a federal and state prosecutor, suggested that Mr. Cohen publicly disliked President Trump. It will be a “big hit” For the former president’s legal team.

“The fact that Michael Cohen is so consumed with hatred for Donald Trump that he’s celebrating him by putting him in jail and selling T-shirts is so obvious, so over-the-top, so outrageous. This has been Michael Cohen’s public persona for the past five or six years, so we kind of take it for granted. This should be a great opportunity for cross-examination. ” Honig said Wednesday after listening to the Trump team’s questions about Cohen.

The Hill has reached out to CNN for further comment.

CNN host Anderson Cooper also said Thursday that his cross-examination of Cohen revealed serious doubts about his credibility, and that Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche had questioned Cohen about his alleged phone call with Trump. He pointed to an exchange in which he accused him of lying.

“I think Michael Cohen’s credibility on this particular subject is devastating,” Cooper said.

“If I were a juror in this case, and I was watching it, I’d think, ‘This guy’s making this up as he goes along,’ or, ‘He’s making this particular story up.’ “I guess so,” he said of Cohen.

President Trump is facing 34 charges of falsifying business records related to reimbursing porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair before the 2016 election.

The former president has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied any extramarital affairs.

MAGA, the former president’s super PAC, echoed his claims in a statement Thursday, writing in an email: “Even CNN and MSNBC know that Alvin Bragg had a bad day.” .

The super PAC pointed to statements made by other journalists regarding Cohen’s testimony, including MSNBC anchor Ari Melber. said on thursday“I think the punches are cumulative. I think Tuesday I had some bruises, and today I had some blood.”

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