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NY vs. Trump: Cross examination of DA Bragg’s first witness unravels important truths

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“Cross-examination is the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.”

Those words by legendary lawyer John Henry Wigmore in 1923 are derived from the Sixth Amendment. A defendant has the right to confront his accusers; to shine light on false statements by witnesses and dark distortions by overzealous prosecutors who hide the truth.  It’s an effective method to test the veracity of evidence.  

It was tested on Friday, and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg failed.  But that won’t stop him in his dogged pursuit of former President Donald Trump in a legally perverse case.  

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Defense attorney Emil Bove vigorously cross-examined the prosecution’s first witness, David Pecker, the ex-publisher of the National Enquirer.  Prosecutors sat uncomfortably, as important truths met sunlight.

Under questioning, Pecker confessed that his tabloid routinely suppressed negative stories and promoted positive ones involving candidates for political office because it was financially profitable.  The witness agreed that other, more mainstream news organizations did the exact same thing.  Paying for stories and sometimes killing them was commonplace at the Enquirer, he admitted, especially when celebrities were involved.  It was not unique to Trump. 

It may seem tawdry, but it’s not unlawful to quash stories. Nor is it illegal to pay someone for their silence.

This was something that Bragg and his team of prosecutors spent the better part of a week concealing from the jury on direct examination.  The irony —and hypocrisy— is obvious. Bragg accuses Trump of suppressing information to win an election. But the D.A. suppressed vital testimony to win his case against Trump. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Bragg accuses Trump of suppressing information to win an election. But the D.A. suppressed vital testimony to win his case against Trump. 

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Pecker also revealed on cross-examination that Trump did not want to buy the salacious story peddled by former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal that she once allegedly had an affair with Trump. Then-candidate Trump said that such scandals always come out.  

On its own, the National Enquirer eventually doled out $150,000 to McDougal, but Pecker insisted that “cash wasn’t the primary focus of the agreement.” Instead, she was hired to compose advice columns, blogs, and other articles for the tabloid.

Bear in mind that the entire McDougal saga has nothing to do with the criminal charges against Trump. He paid no money to her.  Yet, prosecutors convinced Judge Juan Merchan to allow it under the theory of what’s called “similar bad acts.”  Translation: let’s smear Trump with irrelevant and prejudicial information.  It’s the same dubious tactic that triggered this week’s reversal of Harvey Weinstein’s sex conviction.          

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Over four days on the witness stand,

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