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Mike Johnson acts as proxy for 'friend' Trump as he bashes judge's daughter and 'sham trial' outside court | The Independent

  
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Mike Johnson acts as proxy for 'friend' Trump as he bashes judge's daughter and 'sham trial' outside court | The Independent
The Republican speaker's defense of Trump comes in the midst of Michael Cohen's testimony

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The Republican speaker's defense of Trump comes in the midst of Michael Cohen's testimony

Eric Garcia Washington DC Tuesday 14 May 2024 17:04✕CloseHush money trial 'weaponized' against Trump, speaker Johnson claims

Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson vocally defended former president Donald Trump outside the New York City courthouse where the former president's criminal trial was taking place on Tuesday.

Mr Johnson said he was speaking out in defence of his "friend," the former president, and decried the "sham" trial.

"I wanted to be here myself, to call out what is a travesty of justice," Mr Johnson told reporters. "President Trump is a friend and I wanted to be here to support him."

The Louisiana Republican is an ally of Mr Trump who assumed the gavel in October of last year and led House Republicans' legal efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

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Mr Johnson spoke to reporters shortly after Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's former attorney and fixer who made the $130,000 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels at the heart of the case, began his testimony. Mr Cohen reportedly made the payment to keep Ms Daniels silent about a sexual encounter with Mr Trump in 2006, which the former president has denied.

"I just listened to a few moments of his testimony this morning and it is consistent with what he's already done," Mr Johnson said.

He then alluded to the fact Mr Cohen previously pleaded guilty to lying in federal court and lying to Congress.

"This is a man who is clearly on a mission for personal revenge, and who is widely known as a witness who has trouble with the truth," Mr Johnson said. "He lied to Congress. He lied to the IRS. He lied to federal election officials. Even Cohen's own lawyer testified to a grand jury that he is not reliable. So, there's nothing that he presents here that should be given any weight at all by a jury and certainly not this judge."

Despite his reputation as a devout Christian, Mr Johnson has formed a strong bond with the former president who once appeared on the cover of Playboy. Mr Trump came out in support of Mr Johnson and opposed pro-Trump Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's efforts to oust Mr Johnson last week.

Mr Johnson criticized the charge that Mr Trump falsified his business records.

"I think everybody knows he is not the bookkeeper for his company," he said. "President Trump is innocent of these charges, and again, anyone with common sense can understand what is happening here."

Mr Johnson is just the latest Republican-elected official to head to New York to show their support for the former president. Senators Rick Scott of Florida, JD Vance of Ohio and Senator Tommy Tuberville are among the many who have made the pilgrimage to the Manhattan courthouse.

The speaker also decried the gag order in place to stop Mr Trump from speaking about the trial. The former president has already been fined for violating the order.

Mr Johnson then attacked the judge and his daughter in ways that had previously led to Mr Trump receiving the gag order in the first place.

"The system is using all the tools at its disposal right now to punish one president and provide cover for another," Mr Johnson said. "And meanwhile, among the atrocities here, the judge's own daughter is making millions of dollars doing online fundraising for Democrats. They're using this trial as a hook, it's so corrupt. It's so corrupt, and everybody knows it."

Loren Merchan, the judge's daughter, previously worked as president and partner of Authentic Campaigns, a firm that helps elect Democrats.

Mr Johnson also said that the Republican-controlled House would take steps to rein in Special Counsel Jack Smith.

"These are politically motivated trials, and they are a disgrace," he said. "It is election interference, and they show the opposition that President Trump has and how desperate they truly are."


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Just Jim NC TttH
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1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    6 days ago

'Bout time someone publicly set the record straight.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  Vic Eldred    6 days ago

I've been saying it right along: Trump needs people to campaign for him while Biden has him stuck in court.

When Johnson spoke outside the courthouse Fox News covered it. MSNBC showed the film of him speaking without any volume as they analyzed the case. The anchor on the show said "I wonder what he is saying?"

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    6 days ago
Biden has him stuck in court.

He stuck himself in court. Biden had nothing to do with it and you know it, quit spreading lies. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    6 days ago

The NBC anchor stuck himself in court?  When did that happen?

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1.2  Ronin2  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    6 days ago

Sure he didn't.

Brandon's and Garland's fingerprints are all over this trial.

The prosecutor whose opening statement kicked off the historic trial of   Former President Donald Trump   left a lofty perch in the Biden administration Justice Department for his current comparatively modest New York City job – a career move that legal analysts describe as puzzling and one that's prompted questions regarding motivation.

Even though Matthew Colangelo is only now sitting in a courtroom formally opposing the former president, his work has for years involved investigating Trump and his businesses, despite working for different prosecutorial offices at varying levels of government. Colangelo's sudden switch from top DOJ official to a role with the DA's office in the Big Apple has particularly raised eyebrows.

"It's very odd. It’s usually the other way around. . . . And frankly, that sounds to me like somebody who thought, 'Ah, here's an opportunity to go and get Donald Trump,'" attorney and former member of the Federal Election Commission, Hans von Spakovsky, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview this month. 

Bailey asked for all communications including documents, calendar appointments, meeting minutes and agendas related to Colangelo’s move to Bragg’s office. He also asked for all similar communications between DOJ and the offices of Bragg, New York Attorney General Leticia James and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

The Georgia special prosecutor seeking to convict former President   Donald Trump   for election interference met with Biden White House officials on the same day Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to probe similar federal charges against Mr.   Trump , according to court records.

Special prosecutor   Nathan Wade , who allegedly is having an improper personal relationship with Democratic Fulton County District Attorney   Fani Willis , met with White House officials in May and November 2022, submitting invoices to Ms.   Willis ‘ office of $2,000 for each meeting.

His invoice for eight hours of work on Nov. 18, 2022, seeks payment for “Interview with DC/White House.” That was the same date that Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Mr. Smith as special counsel to investigate Mr.   Trump ‘s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election, including the pro- Trump   attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mr.   Wade   also submitted an invoice for a “Jan. 6 meeting and Atty conf.” on Nov. 16, 2022, two days before Mr. Smith was appointed.

He billed Ms.   Willis   for a meeting on May 23, 2022, for work described as “Travel to Athens; Conf with WH Counsel.”

I am sure you will be all for holding Brandon and Garland responsible.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3  Jeremy Retired in NC    6 days ago

Not violation of the censorship.  People are just going to have to deal with it.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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4  MrFrost    6 days ago
"I think everybody knows he is not the bookkeeper for his company,"

But as the head of the company, he is responsible for what happens in the company. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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4.1  Ronin2  replied to  MrFrost @4    6 days ago

Same way Brandon is responsible for White House attorneys and DOJ/Garland meeting state AG and DA involved in Trump's cases.

Or does the law only apply to Republicans/Conservatives? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
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5  MrFrost    6 days ago
"These are politically motivated trials, and they are a disgrace," he said. "It is election interference, and they show the opposition that President Trump has and how desperate they truly are."

Kind of like paying off a porn star to keep quiet so she wouldn't negatively affect potential voters? Like that, Mike? What a fucking loser POS. 

 
 

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