“Donald Trump Was Guilty of These Crimes” Top Prosecutor Drops Brutal Claim on Trump’s Trial, Reveals What Will Happen If He Is Convicted

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According to a report by PBS on Friday, May 24, 2024, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner predicted that Donald Trump would be found guilty of falsifying business records in his hush-money trial.

He emphasized the significance of the case for Trump, the people of New York, and the integrity of the U.S. justice system. Kirschner, who has over 30 years of experience, spoke to Law&Crime by phone on Friday and said that jurors will use their “common sense” to convict Trump beyond a reasonable doubt.

“At its core, the question that the jurors will easily be able to answer is for whose benefit was all of this done? It wasn’t for Michael Cohen. It was for Donald Trump’s benefit. And when you assess it in a common sense way as jurors tend to do, they will see Donald Trump was guilty of these crimes,” Kirschner said.

Despite defense attorney Todd Blanche’s efforts to cast doubt on the credibility of Michael Cohen, the state’s key witness, Kirschner was confident that the jurors would see through these tactics.

Blanche’s cross-examination sought to undermine Cohen’s reliability regarding the dates and times of calls made to arrange the alleged payoff, but Kirschner viewed this as a distraction from the core issue.

Prosecutors are tasked with helping jurors see the broader picture, especially when defense strategies attempt to shift focus away from the defendant. Kirschner believes that jurors will rely on their common sense to infer Trump’s corrupt intent from his actions and statements.

“Pulling back 30,000 feet, jurors are interested in drawing common sense conclusions and inferences that they are allowed to draw on from the evidence. Is his intent corrupt? Does he have a criminal state of mind?” Kirschner said.

“You get to infer from conduct and Donald Trump’s intent has always been and will always be corrupt and he proves it in every lie he tells, in every reckless, violence-inducing post he makes. The jurors get it.”

Kirschner acknowledged the challenges of presenting cooperating witnesses, who can be problematic and difficult to manage. However, he stressed the importance of redirecting the negative perceptions from witnesses back onto the defendant.

Regarding the potential duration of jury deliberations, Kirschner speculated that it might take two to three days, though this remains uncertain. He also warned of the potential for violent reactions from Trump’s supporters if a guilty verdict is reached.

“There’s going to be violence if he’s convicted but it doesn’t matter because once we start making prosecutorial decisions based on those collateral consequences, we’re done. Then the criminal justice system no longer operates,” Kirschner asserted.

Kirschner expressed confidence that Justice Juan Merchan would incarcerate Trump if convicted, despite Merchan’s earlier remarks suggesting a reluctance to imprison the former president.

During a contempt hearing, Merchan had stated, “Mr. Trump, it’s important to understand the last thing I want to do is put you in jail. You are the former president of the United States, and possibly the next one as well.”

Addressing concerns about the feasibility of incarcerating a former president, Kirschner dismissed such arguments as absurd. He pointed to his extensive experience with high-profile inmates, asserting that secure facilities could be arranged for Trump.

“It’s absurd to argue that you can’t safely confine a public figure and a former president safely,” he said, noting the presence of secure facilities designed for high-value inmates.

“We could clear one of those facilities out and give the whole thing to Donald Trump. It would be far safer for him there than it is when he’s out holding his hate rallies wherever he holds them,” Kirschner concluded.

 

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