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Legal Expert Points Out Trump’s Big Slip In Hush Money Case

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Trump's hush money

During Donald Trump’s hush money trial, a legal analyst pointed out a potential mistake by Trump’s legal team.

Andrew Weissmann

Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor, noted that testimony from Jeff McConney contradicted Trump’s claim of paying Michael Cohen for legal fees.


McConney stated that Trump reimbursed Cohen $130,000 but was unsure of the purpose, which challenges Trump’s defense.

Business records

The ongoing trial, now in its fourth week, aims to determine if Trump falsified business records related to payments made to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

Damaging stories

Prosecutors allege these payments were part of a scheme to conceal damaging stories about Trump. Despite pleading not guilty to the charges, Trump denies any wrongdoing.

Emil Bove

During the cross-examination, Trump’s lawyer, Emil Bove, questioned McConney about whether Trump’s payments could be considered legal expenses. According to NBC News, McConney agreed to this characterization during the questioning.

Trump Organization

“Payments to lawyers by the Trump Organization are legal expenses, right?” Bove asked. “Yes, sir,” McConney replied.


Weissmann wrote that this was an error, saying: “An apparent slip by Trump counsel as he elicits from McConney that Weisselberg told him the money was for some sort of reimbursement. Remember: that is the DA’s position, and that the paperwork disguised it as legal fees. And Trump wants to say it was really legal fees and not a reimbursement.”

Trump's legal team

Tristan Snell, a legal analyst and former New York assistant attorney involved in prosecuting Trump University for deceptive marketing practices, criticized Trump’s legal team for objecting to most evidence in the trial, implying they are creating an impression of concealment.


Snell suggested that Trump’s lawyers are not helping his case. In another development, Judge Juan Merchan fined Trump $1,000 for violating a gag order for the tenth time and warned of potential imprisonment for repeated violations.

Trump's defense

Despite expressing reluctance to take such actions against a former and potential future president, Merchan emphasized the seriousness of the violations. The trial, expected to span six weeks, continues with ongoing scrutiny of Trump’s defense strategies.

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