CNN legal analyst says Alvin Bragg fell 'way short' of proving case in 'hush money' trial

 May 29, 2024

A legal analyst for far-left CNN made the stunning admission that Alvin Bragg fell "way short" of proving his case in Donald Trump's "hush money" trial. 

"There is reasonable doubt all over this case," defense lawyer Randy Zelin told CNN's News Central. 

The case centers on the claim that Trump falsified reimbursement checks to Michael Cohen, who paid porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair.

Bragg fell "way short"

There is reasonable doubt that Trump knew what Cohen was doing, Zelin noted. For example, Cohen admitted on the stand that he stole $30,000 from Trump.

The jury also never heard from important witnesses like Trump's former CFO Allen Weisselberg, Zelin observed.

“Where is Keith Schiller, where is Allen Weisselberg? How did Michael Cohen get away with stealing $30,000?" Zelin asked.

"Hold a pity party for him — made $4 million on this, thought he’d be chief of staff. He’s a fixer! If the plumber comes to my house to fix my leak, I could be home. That doesn’t mean I know how he’s doing it and what it’s taking to be fixed.”

Zelin also knocked the trial's salacious focus on Trump's alleged affair with Daniels, who shared a graphic account of the alleged encounter. There is reasonable doubt "everywhere" in the case, Zelin said.

“Stormy Daniels, let’s hold a pity party for her. Why do we need to know whether or not the former president wore a condom or not?" Zelin asked.

"It’s simply about did the former president know that books, his records, false entries for legal fees, Michael Cohen was his lawyer, getting intent to cover up the election or to protect his family? It’s everywhere. Everywhere.”

Trial nears conclusion

The jury was dismissed without reaching a verdict on Wednesday after a full day of deliberations.

Trump is charged with falsifying business records, which is normally a misdemeanor in New York. Bragg charged Trump with 34 individual felonies by alleging that he tried to conceal another crime.

Many have raised concern about the fairness of the trial, especially after the judge informed the jury that they do not have to agree about the underlying crime that Trump allegedly sought to advance.

While an acquittal appears highly unlikely, some legal observers have said a hung jury or mistrial is not out of the question.

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