Trump's defense attorney attacks key witness as ‘MVP of liars’ as hush-money trial nears end

Defense lawyers in Donald Trump’s hush money trial made their final pitch to the jury on Tuesday, calling for acquittal and insisting the first ever criminal prosecution of a former US president was based on “lies.”

Less than six months before American voters choose whether to return Trump to the White House, the stakes riding on the verdict are hard to overstate—for the 77-year-old personally, but also for the country.

Trump is accused of falsifying business records to reimburse his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, when her account of a 2006 sexual encounter could have doomed his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche, delivering his closing argument, told the jury that the trial “isn’t a referendum on your views of president Trump” or “who you plan on voting for in 2024.”

Prosecutors had failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, Blanche said, and the only outcome should be a “very quick and easy not guilty verdict.”

“President Trump is innocent,” he said.

“He’s literally the greatest liar of all time,” he said. “He told you a number of things on that witness stand that were lies, pure and simple.

(AFP)


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