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Trump arraigned, arrested on 34 felony counts in hush money case: Highlights

20m ago / 11:37 PM EDT

Tacopina says clip of Bragg discussing litigation against Trump will be used in motion to dismiss

Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina, who has said Trump’s legal team plans to file a motion to dismiss the Manhattan case, suggested that the motion is likely to refer to video clips of Alvin Bragg discussing Trump litigation before he was elected district attorney in 2021.

Attorney Joe Tacopina in Schoharie, N.Y. in 2021.Hans Pennink / AP file

Referring to a series of clips played on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show that appeared to show Bragg discussing his history of litigating against Trump, Tacopina said some of the video “will be part of our motion to dismiss.”

“A motion to dismiss is coming on several grounds. Prosecutorial misconduct, selective prosecution for sure will be two of them,” Tacopina said.

25m ago / 11:33 PM EDT

Michael Cohen says documents will show Trump’s guilt

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who is expected to be a witness against his former boss in any potential trial stemming from the hush money probe, said the case will come down to documents, not testimony.

Michael Cohen in New York, on March 10, 2023.Mary Altaffer / AP file

“I can promise you that Mr. Bragg and his qualified team will be providing a significant amount of documentary evidence that will corroborate all of the allegations,” Cohen said tonight in an interview on CNN.

Cohen, who admitted to an array of crimes in 2018, said his credibility will matter less than Trump’s own before a jury.

“Michael Cohen’s not the defendant, Donald. You are,” Cohen said into the camera.

“He thinks by attacking people — whether it’s the judge or the judge’s daughter, myself, or anybody — that this gives the appearance of strength. It doesn’t. It actually gives the appearance of ignorance and stupidity,” Cohen said.

21m ago / 11:36 PM EDT

Trump is bracing his GOP supporters for more indictments

After having pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in New York, Trump gave a speech at Mar-a-Lago that braced his supporters for more indictments — and insisted they would all be politically motivated.

In Trump’s narrative, the cases are meritless, the prosecutors are liberals, and his critics are conspiring to wield the law against him unfairly — all with the aim of stopping him from becoming president in 2024.

The Manhattan case? A “ridiculous indictment,” he said, and “the criminal is the district attorney.”

Donald Trump arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court on April 4, 2023.Kena Betancur / Getty Images

The probe in Washington involving misuse of presidential records? “Gun-toting” FBI agents targeted him wrongly, he said. “There is no criminality.” The special counsel charged with looking into it? A “lunatic,” he said.

His legal woes in Georgia due to his asking Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his 2020 defeat? He said the phone call was “perfect.” And the case is about trying “to interfere with the 2024 election.”

He also went after New York Attorney General Letitia James as an anti-Trump political actor for the civil case involving him. “It’s cost hundreds of millions of dollars to defend,” he said, vowing not to settle it.

The Mar-a-Lago crowd booed the names as he mentioned them.

Trump is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, and his speech was an attempt to give his supporters a permission structure to minimize further legal woes he anticipates.

It’s an open question whether any of his Republican rivals will challenge his claims. So far, they’ve rushed to defend him.

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