Hope Hicks testifies on Michael Cohen: ‘Used to like to call himself Mr. Fix It … only because he first broke it’

Testimony from Hope Hicks may have preemptively knocked star witness Michael Cohen down a peg when she added perspective to the disbarred attorney’s self-given nickname.

The New York criminal trial of former President Donald Trump concluded another week on Friday with Hicks, a former White House communications director, addressing a number of key points. Among them was a take on Cohen’s decision-making that made him anything but “Mr. Fix It.”

During questioning by Trump defense attorney Emil Bove, NBC News indicated that Hicks had been asked about Cohen’s role in the 2016 presidential campaign. On that matter, she expressed, “No, he would try to insert himself at certain moments, but he wasn’t supposed to be on the campaign in any official capacity.”

“There were things he did in a voluntary capacity because of his interest,” continued Hicks who, when asked if the former attorney had gone rogue, answered in the affirmative that he, “used to like to call himself Mr. Fix It, but it was only because he first broke it.”

Indicted on 34 felony counts, of which the president had pled not guilty to all, Trump’s New York criminal trial centered around a $130,000 payment arranged by Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) has endeavored to make the case that the businessman turned GOP leader and his organization had falsified records when “Mr. Fix It” had allegedly paid off Daniels to remain quiet about a supposed extramarital affair with Trump in a manner that included alleged election and tax law violations.

It had been reported when it became apparent Hicks would be testifying that an FBI agent who had been investigating Cohen had said in an affidavit that it was believed the former White House employee had been involved in negotiations to keep Daniels quiet about the alleged 2006 affair.

During her Friday testimony, she seemingly poked holes in the argument that an attempt to keep Daniels quiet had anything to do with the 2016 presidential election as she was also questioned about the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that featured Trump’s self-described “locker room” talk with Billy Bush.

“He was worried about how this would be viewed at home. Mr. Trump really values Mrs. Trump’s opinion. She doesn’t weigh in all the time, but when she does…it’s valuable,” Hicks told Bove as she indicated that the concerned husband had asked that newspapers covering the story of the leaked tape not be brought into their home.

The defense attorney went on to ask the witness about the tape’s impact on the family and Hicks replied, “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.”

 

Kevin Haggerty

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