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Trump’s Legal Team in the Spotlight: Will They or Won’t They Call Bob Costello to Testify?

Written by Malcolm Roberts and reprinted with permission from Patriot Sentinel

In a trial marked by controversy and intrigue, the legal fate of former President Donald Trump hangs precariously in the balance. As the courtroom drama unfolds, all eyes are on Trump’s legal team, attorney Todd Blanche and his overseer Boris Epshteyn on the team’s critical decision: Will they call Attorney Bob Costello to testify and destroy the last remnants of Michael Cohen’s credibility?

The prosecution’s case against Donald Trump has been tenuous at best, hinging almost entirely on the testimony of Michael Cohen, a former attorney and self proclaimed “fixer” for Trump. Cohen’s credibility, however, is in tatters, marred by his convictions for tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to congress. Cohen has been branded as a professional liar.  His role as the star witness is a glaring weak point in the prosecution’s pathetic case but nonetheless plays to a receptive crowd of jurors in the deeply blue City of New York.

Cohen’s testimony has painted a damning picture of Trump, alleging the former president was guilty of directing him to make payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to prevent their stories from becoming public during the 2016 to benefit his presidential campaign, reimbursing Cohen for these payments disguised as legal fees, and orchestrating efforts to cover up these transactions to influence the election.

This narrative of Cohen is directly at odds with the private assertions Cohen made to his former advisor, Attorney Bob Costello. Costello, a confidant and former advisor to Cohen, has repeatedly claimed that Cohen confided in him over and over again that he had no evidence of Trump committing any crimes. This stark contradictions well as other statements made to Costello, appears to be the key to completely dismantling the prosecution’s case.

Trump’s defense team has been surprisingly reticent about their strategy, particularly concerning Costello. There has been no indication, either to the court or the press, about whether Costello will be called to testify. In fact, on Friday Costello was interviewed on Fox News and stated that he was unsure about whether he would be called as a witness this coming up week.  Costello stated:

So I don’t think there’s any downside with me [testifying]. I think there’s only an upside, but it’s a judgment call, you know? …… So I’m not the right person to ask [about whether I will be called to testify]. The right person is the Trump team. They’ll make whatever the correct decision is.

Trump’s legal team’s silence could be a strategic maneuver to keep the prosecution off balance, potentially presenting Costello as a surprise witness at a critical juncture. Alternatively, it could signal a catastrophic oversight, the likes of which could be recorded in history as one of the greatest legal missteps of all time.

Concerning is the fact that Trump’s Legal team’s decision has not apparently been made less than three days before Costello would have to be available to testify and that the Trump legal team has not prepped Costello, has not mentioned him to the court and not made any public statements regarding Costello being called to destroy the credibility of Cohen.

In a recent ABC News summary of the of the upcoming week, the only mention of any witnesses that the Trump legal team intends to call is a campaign finance law expert with no mention of Costello.

The defense’s decision on whether to call Bob Costello is pivotal. Costello’s testimony would fundamentally undermine Cohen’s credibility completely. Given Cohen’s track record of inconsistency, Costello’s account would likely cast substantial doubt on the prosecution’s narrative.

Legal experts argue that failing to call Costello would be an inexcusable oversight. Costello’s first-hand knowledge of Cohen’s true statements would provide the jury with a clear reason to doubt the prosecution’s star witness.

Trump’s attorneys should have prepped Costello from the outset, ensuring he was ready to testify at a moment’s notice. The failure to do so, or even the appearance of indecision, undermines the confidence in their defense strategy. By not signaling their intention to call Costello, the defense risks appearing unprepared or, worse, negligent.

The Trump legal team has fended off long held rumors that one member of the team may be an informant for Jack Smith at the Department of Justice These rumor’s have been bolstered by disclosures in the classified documents case through discovery motions of Trump’s co-defendant Nauta. Could a potential decision not to call the Costello for the Trump defense be evidence of this?

On the other hand, keeping Costello as a potential ace up their sleeve could be a brilliant tactical move. By not revealing their hand, Trump’s attorneys might be aiming to introduce Costello at a point in the trial where his testimony would be most impactful, catching the prosecution off guard and preventing them from adequately preparing a counter-argument.

The stakes in this trial are incredibly high. The prosecution’s case is fragile, built on the shaky foundation of Cohen’s testimony. Introducing Costello could be the decisive blow that topples the entire structure. However, the defense’s silence on the matter raises concerns about their strategic acumen. Are they planning a last-minute surprise, or are they unwittingly committing a monumental blunder?

If Trump’s legal team decides to call Costello, the prosecution will face an uphill battle to salvage their case. Costello’s testimony could vividly illustrate first hand Cohen’s unreliability, forcing the jury to question the entire narrative presented by the prosecution.

Conversely, if Costello is not called, it would not only leave Cohen’s testimony unchallenged but also raise serious questions about the defense’s competence. The jury, observing this omission, might infer a lack of confidence in Costello’s potential to aid Trump’s case, thereby inadvertently bolstering the prosecution’s position.

As the trial progresses, the defense’s next moves are crucial. The decision to call Bob Costello should be a straightforward one, given the potential to discredit the prosecution’s main witness and shift the trial’s momentum in favor of Donald Trump. The silence from Trump’s attorneys, however, adds a layer of uncertainty and drama to an already high-stakes legal battle.

In the end, whether Costello takes the stand will be a defining moment in this trial. It could either be remembered as a masterstroke of legal strategy or go down in history as a missed opportunity that cost Donald Trump his freedom and possibly the presidency.

The legal community and the public wait with bated breath to see if Trump’s legal team will seize the chance to dismantle the prosecution’s case or if they will falter at this crucial juncture.

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