Lawyer Robert Costello, as soon as a authorized adviser to Trump legal professional Michael Cohen, will seem Monday earlier than the New York grand jury investigating the previous President Donald Trump’s alleged function in a scheme to pay hush cash to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels.
Costello, who has represented Trump allies like Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani, instructed CNN he’s showing earlier than the grand jury on the request of Trump’s authorized workforce.
CNN reported earlier Sunday that Trump’s authorized workforce requested the Manhattan District Lawyer’s Workplace name a witness who has info concerning Cohen’s credibility, in line with a supply aware of the matter.
CNN has reached out to the DA’s workplace.
Whereas such a transfer is uncommon for grand jury proceedings, the supply instructed CNN that Trump’s authorized workforce believes the district legal professional is presenting the testimony for “optics.”
Cohen, a central determine within the grand jury investigation, stated earlier Sunday that he has been requested to be on the District Lawyer’s Workplace Monday as a rebuttal witness.
“Sure, I used to be requested to make myself out there and to be on the DA’s workplace tomorrow as a rebuttal witness,” Cohen stated on MSNBC Sunday. However Cohen had stated he wasn’t positive if he’d be answering questions earlier than the grand jury or in an interview with the Manhattan DA.
“Whether or not it’s earlier than the grand jury or simply with them for an additional interview, once more, I’m undecided,” Cohen stated.
The last-minute grand jury motion comes after Trump stated Saturday he expects to be arrested in reference to the yearslong investigation right into a hush cash scheme involving Daniels, and referred to as on his supporters to protest any such transfer.
In a social media put up, Trump, referring to himself, stated the “main Republican candidate and former president of the USA shall be arrested on Tuesday of subsequent week” – although he didn’t say why he expects to be arrested. His authorized workforce stated after Trump’s put up that it had not obtained any notifications from prosecutors.
Any indictment of the previous president, who’s working for the White House once more in 2024, would mark a historic first and rapidly change the political dialog round an already divisive determine. Whereas Trump has an intensive historical past of civil litigation each earlier than and after taking workplace, a legal cost would characterize a dramatic escalation of his authorized woes as he works to recapture the White House.