Trump attorney admits ex-Prez posing with bat next to prosecutor Bragg was ‘ill advised’
Even Donald Trump’s attorney admits that his client’s social media post, which depicts the former president holding a baseball bat next to a picture of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, was “ill-advised.”
“I think that was an unwise post that one of his social media guys put up and quickly took down when he recognized the rhetoric and the accompanying photo,” Joe Tacopina told NBC News’ Chuck Todd in a controversial Interview on Sunday at “Meet the Press”.
Noting that the picture of 76-year-old Trump with the bat made the front page of The Post on Friday, Todd questioned whether the ex-president’s comments about Bragg could spark violence, as his rhetoric towards supporters alleged meanwhile, January 6, 2021, riots in the US Capitol.
Bragg has asked a grand jury to indict Trump over alleged attempts to cover up an extramarital affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
“It’s happened before,” Todd told Tacopina, referring to the former commander in chief’s incitement. “Don’t worry about that happening [again]?”
Tacopina shot back, “Well, I don’t accept that claim that his rhetoric created violence [Jan. 6, 2021].
“I think there was violence going on that day. But I’m not here to discuss it,” Trump’s attorney said. “I will not defend or condemn anything related to social media. It’s not what I do. … I’m not a Trump PR guy. I am a litigator and attorney.”
Trump last weekend claimed on his Twitter-like Truth Social platform that he would be indicted by the grand jury within days and has spent much of his time raging at Bragg, calling him “HUMAN SCUM” among other things and urging the former President’s supporters to “PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION.”
Tacopina claimed Bragg did not bring the case against “anyone other than Donald Trump” and claimed the prosecutor used his office to “politicize and arm a campaign.”
Bragg is allegedly investigating a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, which prosecutors are saying, in part, violated the Campaign Finance Act because it was improperly reported.
Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen made the payment to Daniels to ensure she kept quiet about a sexual encounter she had with Trump a decade ago.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 and was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Trump has denied the payment and the affair.
Tacopina said the payment to Daniels was a “personal civil settlement.
“It’s done every day in New York City. It had nothing to do with campaign finance laws,” he said.
But Todd said the investigation focused on the falsification of business records, which Bragg has prosecuted in more than 60 cases over the past four years.
“Oh Chuck, you couldn’t be more wrong,” Tacopina told Todd.
He claimed that the Manhattan Attorney’s Office has never charged anyone “with a felony of falsifying business records to pay hush money … relating to a personal matter.”
Tacopina insisted that the payment was made by Cohen through personal funds and unbeknownst to Trump, and that Cohen later sent Trump an invoice to reimburse him.
But Todd said, “They claimed it was legal fees.”
Tacopina replied, “Seriously, what would he put in his personal ledger?
” ‘Paying for hush money to quiet an affair I claim I never had?’ ”
Todd replied, “Is it supposed to be the truth?”
Tacopina said, “I think you’re being a little bit picky looking at this now,” adding, “You can put anything you want on your personal ledger.”
The attorney said that no tax was deducted from the payment and that it was not about the use of campaign funds.
“The test is again: Would you have made that payment independently of the campaign?” Tacopina said. “And the answer to that question is a resounding yes in every respect.”
https://nypost.com/2023/03/26/trump-lawyer-admits-ex-prez-posing-with-bat-next-to-da-bragg-was-ill-advised/ Trump attorney admits ex-Prez posing with bat next to prosecutor Bragg was ‘ill advised’