Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass' explanation of how Michael Cohen was more of Donald Trump's 'fixer than his lawyer' sparks outrage

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass' explanation of how Michael Cohen was more of Donald Trump's 'fixer than his lawyer' sparks outrage
Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass said Donald Trump 'corrupted those around him and he got them to lie and cover it up' (Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass has described how Michael Cohen perfectly served the role of a "fixer" for Donald Trump more than he did as an attorney, according to CNN

"He had a legal title, but he wasn't in the Trump Organization legal department. He didn’t answer to the general counsel, he answered to the defendant directly," Steinglass said, adding "He got the jobs no one else wanted. The jobs that the defendant wanted to keep quiet." 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Former President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen arrives with his attorney Danya Perry at Trump's civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on October 25, 2023 in New York City. Trump may be forced to sell off his properties after Justice Arthur Engoron canceled his business certificates and ruled that he committed fraud for years while building his real estate empire after being sued by Attorney General Letitia James, seeking $250 million in damages. The trial will determine how much he and his companies will be penalized for the fraud. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Pool/Getty Images)
Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass has described how Michael Cohen perfectly served the role of a 'fixer' for Donald Trump more than he did as an attorney (Getty Images)

Joshua Steinglass discloses the probable reason why Donald Trump decided to hire Michael Cohen as a fixer

"We didn’t choose Michael Cohen to be our witness. We didn’t pick him up at the witness store," Steinglass continued, adding "The defendant chose Michael Cohen as his fixer because he was willing to lie and cheat on his behalf." Steinglass told the jury that Trump chose Cohen "for the same qualities" that Trump's attorneys "now urge you to reject his testimony because of it."

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The prosecutor explained that Donald Trump chose Michael Cohen as his fixer because 'he was willing to lie and cheat on his behalf' (Getty Images)

Joshua Steinglass bashes Donald Trump

The prosecutor also slammed the former president saying that loyalty for the defendant was "not a two-way street." "Look what the defendant did to David Pecker," he said while referring to the publisher of the National Enquirer. "Mr Pecker saw Mr Trump as a mentor. Mr Trump saw him as a useful tool," he said.

Steinglass continued, "He corrupted those around him and he got them to lie and cover it up. Stay on message or your out.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Former U.S. President Donald Trump (R) sits with his attorney Todd Blanche (L) during his criminal trial as jury selection continues at Manhattan Criminal Court on April 19, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Mark Peterson - Pool/Getty Images)
The prosecutor also slammed the former president saying that loyalty for the defendant was 'not a two-way street' (Getty Images)

Joshua Steinglass says there's plenty of evidence to corroborate Michael Cohen's story

Michael Cohen's account is supported by a plethora of evidence, according to prosecutor Joshua Steinglass.

"In this case, there’s literally a mountain of evidence of corroborating testimony that tends to connect the defendant to this crime, from Pecker to Hicks to the defendant’s own employees," Steinglass said referring to former CEO of American Media Inc David Pecker and Trump's former aide Hope Hicks. "It’s difficult to conceive of a case with more corroboration than this one," he added. 

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Michael Cohen is seen on May 20, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Andrea Renault/Star Max/GC Images)
Michael Cohen's account is supported by a plethora of evidence, said prosecutor Joshua Steinglass (Getty Images)

Joshua Steinglass alleges the defense wants to make this a case about Michael Cohen

The defense, according to prosecutor Joshua Steinglass, wishes to focus this case on Michael Cohen. "It isn’t. That’s a deflection," Steinglass told the jury, as per the outlet. 

"This case is not about Michael Cohen. It's about Mr Trump and whether he should be held accountable for making false business entries in his own business records. Whether he and his staff did that to cover up election interference," Steinglass said. 

The prosecutor said Cohen's "significance in this case is that he provides context and color to the documents, the phone records." "He’s like a tour guide through the physical evidence, but those documents don’t lie and they don’t forget," Steinglass added. 

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, takes a ca
The prosecutor said Michael Cohen's 'significance in this case is that he provides context and color to the documents, the phone records' (Getty Images)

Internet says Joshua Steinglass 'is trying to taint the jury'

Joshua Steinglass' final explosive pitch before jury deliberations in Trump hush money trial sparked mixed responses from netizens. One user wrote, "He is trying to taint the jury. Judge Merchant needs to exonerate Trump now. Show trial." Another slammed the prosecutor, saying, "Steinglass has jokes." 

"Shut up, you political hack," one user tweeted while another praised, "Succinctly & brilliantly said." "Perfect point," echoed one user. 



 



 



 



 



 

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