GOP Lawmakers Join Trump Amid Hush Money Trial

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Michael Cohen is taking the stand Monday as the prosecution is wrapping up their case against Donald Trump.

AP reported:

The star prosecution witness in Donald Trump’s hush money trial, Michael Cohen, took the stand Monday, poised to offer testimony that could help shape the outcome of the first criminal case against an American president.

Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer, is by far the Manhattan district attorney’s most important witness in the case, and his appearance signals that the trial is entering its final stretch. Prosecutors say they may wrap up their presentation of evidence by the end of the week.

The testimony of a witness with such intimate knowledge of Trump’s activities could heighten the legal exposure of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee if jurors deem him sufficiently credible. But politically, prosecutors’ reliance on a witness with such a checkered past — Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the payments and to lying to Congress — could be a boon for Trump as he raises money off his legal woes and paints the case as the product of a tainted criminal justice system.

Some GOP lawmakers have gone to New York City to stand with Donald Trump.

The Hill reported:

Republican lawmakers have flocked to New York City in recent days to stand alongside former President Trump as he attends his hush money trial.

Trump’s entourage on Monday included multiple members of Congress: Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.

The three lawmakers are all seated alongside each other in the second row of the gallery, about 10 feet behind the former president.

As they waited for the proceedings to get underway, Vance and Malliotakis were chatting. Tuberville mainly looked around the courtroom.