Greg Jarrett: Bragg calling Hope Hicks to testify was 'foolhardy' and a 'rank amateur mistake'

 May 6, 2024

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg hasn't had much luck over the past week in his prosecution of former President Donald Trump. 

That was evidenced once again during the trial last week when Hope Hicks, Trump's 2016 campaign press secretary, was called to the stand by prosecutors.

Fox News' Greg Jarrett weighed in on the testimony, saying, "The moment cross-examination began, their misbegotten case against the former president began to collapse."

Bragg and his prosecutors have built their case against Trump on the idea that the former president paid off Stormy Daniels to benefit his campaign. Hicks' account was wildly different.

What did she say?

During the cross-examination, Hicks explained why her former boss had salacious stories suppressed, insisting that it was to protect Melania Trump and his family.

"Absolutely…I don’t think he wanted anyone in his family to be hurt or embarrassed about anything on the campaign.  He wanted them to be proud of him," Hicks said.

Jarrett noted:

The account by Hicks demolishes District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s primary claim against Trump that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence with the intent to benefit his campaign and, thereby, influence the election by "unlawful means."

He added:

To the contrary, it nicely corroborates the findings of a federal investigation that no crimes were committed, or campaign finance laws broken because there was another purpose for the non-disclosure agreement that Daniels signed.

Hicks also slammed Bragg's star witness, Michael Cohen, saying, "He used to like to call himself Mr. Fix-It, but it was only because he first broke it."

A mistake

Jarrett explained that calling Hicks to the stand was "foolhardy" and a "rank amateurish mistake."

"Hicks confirmed that Trump was aware that Cohen paid off Daniels to end what can fairly be described as aggressive blackmail demands. When the election drew near, Daniels ratcheted up her greedy scheme to profit from Trump by threatening to go public about a supposed affair, which he denied," Jarrett wrote, adding that she would later abruptly recant her claims.

He insisted that Hicks' testimony was nothing that the jury already hadn't heard, and called it largely irrelevant in the sense of it backing Bragg's prosecution of Trump in this particular case.

Only time will tell if Bragg can string together anything that would actually convince the jury to convict.

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