Anti-Trump ‘Hush Money’ Case Falls Apart as Credibility of Alvin Bragg’s Witness Crumbles in Court

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “hush money” case against President Donald Trump is falling about after cross-examination of the prosecution’s witness cast serious doubts about his credibility.

Bragg had called Keith Davidson, a former attorney for Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, to testify against Trump.

However, when Trump’s attorney Emil Bove grilled Davidson, he drew attention to his reputation as a shady lawyer who gets as close to the line as he can without crossing it.

Bove highlighted Davidson’s track record of brokering deals that border on extortion.

Throughout the cross-examination from Bove, Davidson was revealed as a sleazy lawyer who could be trusted.

Davidson, who played an important role in the $130,00 payment to Daniels at the heart of the prosecution’s case, failed to deflect much of Bove’s line of questioning.

He repeatedly refused to answer questions by claiming he “could not recall” the answers.

However, he was then forced to reckon with his own words when instructed to listen to audio recordings of the conversations he claimed he couldn’t remember.

The day featured the name-dropping of multiple celebrities—including Hollywood star Charlie Sheen —as Bove endeavored to underscore the witness’s questionable ethics and prove nondisclosure agreements were a routine part of Davidson’s work.

Bove pressed Davison on whether he represented clients to “extract” settlements from celebrities.

However, Davidson took issue with the word.

“We’re both lawyers,” Bove told Davidson.

“I’m not here to play lawyer games with you.”

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Davidson wrangled over words with the prosecution, too.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass questioned Davidson on how the statements he crafted for Daniels’ denying the affair following reports of the payment in 2018 could be “technically true.”

Davidson said a strict reading would be true.

“I don’t think that anyone had ever alleged that any interactions between she and Mr. [Donald] Trump was romantic,” Davidson said, keying in on the last word to distinguish it from a “sexual encounter.”

On a similar question about how denying a “sexual relationship” was true, Davidson noted it was never alleged that they had a “relationship.”

Davidson said he would not use the term “hush money” to describe the payment to Daniels.

He argued that he would rather call it “consideration” in a civil settlement.

Another key point came when Bove asked Davidson if he recalled saying Daniels had “settler’s remorse” or ever used the word “leverage” in a conversation with Trump’s disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen.

Davidson was asked to listen to portions of the conversation—which Cohen had recorded without his knowledge at the time — after he said he could not recall the details.

A grand jury indicted Trump in March 2023 on 34 felony counts for allegedly falsifying business records related to a payment made to keep Daniels quiet about her claims of a sexual encounter.

Prosecutors are seeking to demonstrate Trump falsified the records in service of a broader “conspiracy” to interfere with the 2016 election.

However, the prosecution has yet to provide any evidence that Trump was even aware of any payments.

Bove’s questioning of Davidson suggested an alternate explanation to the Daniels payment: Trump was another victim of the attorney’s extortion efforts.

In the course of his testimony, Davidson also managed to cast even greater doubt on the already doubtful trustworthiness of the prosecution’s star witness, Cohen.

As Slay News reported, Davidson said Cohen could be a “very aggressive guy.”

Stories recounted by Davidson made Cohen appear unstable, such as one expletive-laced phone call Davidson says he received from Cohen after the 2016 election airing frustration about not landing a place in the Trump administration.

“I’ve saved that guy’s a– so many times, you don’t even know,” Davidson recalled Cohen saying.

Cohen had been gunning for a position as high as attorney general and was bitter that Trump didn’t offer him a top White House position, Davidson later said.

He continued by noting he thought Cohen was “going to kill himself” after that call.

At the end of his cross-examination, Bove pointed to the signatures page of the agreement with Daniels, highlighting the fact that Davidson never saw a version signed by “David Dennison,” Trump’s pseudonym.

The 10th day of the trial, which began with another hearing on four new alleged violations of Trump’s gag order, concluded with the introduction of a new witness, Douglas Daus.

Daus is an analyst in the High Technology Analysis Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

He reportedly analyzed two of Cohen’s cell phones.

Daus took the stand to explain the technicalities of extracting data from Cohen’s phone.

On cross-examination, Bove aimed his questions at the integrity of the evidence.

Daus is expected to resume his testimony on Friday.

READ MORE – Legal Experts Expose Fatal Flaw in Alvin Bragg’s ‘Hush Money’ Case against Trump: ‘Historic Mistake’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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