Michael Cohen: Trump's Guilty Verdict Was Long Overdue

Cohen's testimony pivotal in historic presidential felony case

by Zain ul Abedin
Michael Cohen: Trump's Guilty Verdict Was Long Overdue
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In a landmark moment for American politics, former President Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 felony charges, marking him as the first ex-president to be criminally convicted. The verdict, announced on Thursday, came after a jury deliberation that lasted just 10 hours.

Sentencing is set for July 11, a crucial date just days before the Republican National Convention. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, played a pivotal role in the trial, spending 21 hours testifying. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America," Cohen expressed no shock at the outcome, describing his time on the stand as one of the most challenging experiences of his life.

“The entire process was emotionally draining,” he said. “Every answer had to be precise; any error could have significantly impacted the case”. Cohen’s testimony, which he described as a mix of direct questions and cross-examinations, required him to maintain absolute focus, particularly under the intense scrutiny of Todd Blanche's questioning style.

“It wasn’t easy,” Cohen admitted, referring to the challenges posed by Blanche’s detailed and meandering queries.

Cohen's Candid Admission

Further, Cohen openly acknowledged his own past mistakes related to the case, stressing his commitment to accountability.

“I’ve stopped lying and have taken full responsibility for my actions,” he stated, reflecting on his conviction and subsequent prison time. “It’s important to me that people understand I recognize and regret my misdeeds”.

Despite his conviction, Trump maintained his innocence, vehemently criticizing the judge and slamming the trial as "rigged and disgraceful." He remained defiant after the verdict, suggesting that the real judgment would come from the voters on November 5, hinting at the forthcoming election as the ultimate test of his legacy.

As the dust settles from this unprecedented trial, the focus shifts to the implications of Trump’s conviction on his political future and the broader American political landscape. With the sentencing date nearing and the Republican National Convention on the horizon, all eyes will be on how this historic verdict will influence the political dynamics in the United States.