Former President Donald Trump doesn’t plan to testify in a New York grand jury investigation into his alleged position in a scheme to pay hush cash to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels, Trump’s legal professional advised CNN on Monday.

The legal professional, Joe Tacopina, additionally appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday and mentioned Trump has “no plans on collaborating” within the Manhattan grand jury and that Trump lawyer Susan Necheles has been in communication with prosecutors.

Prosecutors have invited the previous president to look earlier than the grand jury investigating his alleged position within the cost and the cover-up, an individual acquainted with the matter beforehand mentioned, indicating a call on charging Trump could come quickly.

Trump’s former legal professional and fixer, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to testify earlier than the grand jury on Monday.

Tacopina additionally railed in opposition to prosecutors’ efforts. He’s calling on the New York Metropolis Division of Investigation, the town’s inspector basic, to analyze what he calls the “weaponization” of the Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace, in line with a letter launched Monday morning.

“It’s not what we do. This isn’t what we do. We’re distorting legal guidelines to try to bag President Trump. I don’t know if it’s as a result of he’s main within the polls,” Tacopina mentioned on Good Morning America. “I don’t know what it’s, however this prosecutor and this prosecutor’s workplace has made an agenda. They’ve scoured his private life and enterprise life for seven years to attempt to discover one thing.”

Requested whether or not Trump approved the $130,000 cost made to Daniels days earlier than the 2016 election, Tacopina mentioned: “It’s circuitously associated.” Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

“Let’s assume he did, for this argument,” Tacopina mentioned. “This was a plain extortion. I don’t know after we began prosecuting extortion victims. He has vehemently denied this affair. However he needed to pay cash as a result of there was going to be an allegation that was going to be publicly embarrassing to him, whatever the marketing campaign.”

Tacopina later added: “There isn’t any nexus to any extortion cost to being a marketing campaign contribution.”

Prosecutors are weighing whether or not to cost Trump with falsifying the enterprise information of the Trump Group for a way they mirrored the reimbursement of the cost to Cohen, who mentioned he superior the cash to Daniels. They’re additionally weighing whether or not to cost Trump with falsifying enterprise information within the first diploma for allegedly falsifying a file with the intent to commit one other crime or to assist or conceal one other crime, which on this case might be a violation of marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.

Tacopina additionally asserted that to his information, “there was completely no false information made” throughout the Trump Group concerning the funds. “I wasn’t there on the time, however my understanding of those info is clearly there was no false file made.”

Tacopina additionally sought to attract a distinction between using marketing campaign funds and private funds. “He made this with private funds to forestall one thing from popping out, false, that’s embarrassing to himself, his household, his younger son. That isn’t a marketing campaign finance violation by any stretch,” Tacopina mentioned.

He additionally argued that “so long as there’s no tax ramifications or marketing campaign ramifications; it’s not a criminal offense. No matter I do in a private setting is completely different.”

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