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Former judge calls Pecker an ‘outstanding’ first witness in Trump trial

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May16,2024

Florida Judge Jeff Swartz praised ex-National Enquirer publisher David Pecker as an “outstanding” first witness in former President Trump’s hush money trial, stating he was “incredibly credible.” 

“I think David pecker was an outstanding choice for the first witness,” Swartz said during his Saturday appearance on CNN. “He set the stage and he set the whole scene up for the jury.” 

“And he was really very good on cross-examination,” he continued. “I don’t think that he actually got impeached in any really serious way. I think that people are going to look at his testimony and start building around it. I think the jury paid attention to him from all accounts, they pay very close attention to him. And I think he was incredibly credible. And I think that that really went a long way for the prosecution.” 

Swartz, a law professor, applauded Pecker’s performance during cross-examination, noting that Trump’s lawyers did “very little” to puncture his credibility. 

“But when it got really intense, when it was really down to Trump and Hillary [Clinton], who were running for president, things got really intense at AMI and they ran a lot of stories beyond what they used to run,” Swartz said. “I think that that became pretty clear too that this was part of what needed to be done to help the campaign.” 

Pecker was picked as the first witness in Trump’s first-ever criminal trial. His testimony this week, which spanned across four days of the trial, shed more light on National Enquirer’s role in evaporating negative stories about the former president and publishing negative stories about his foes, which oftentimes were not true.  

“Did you suppress the stories to help a presidential candidate,” prosecutor Joshua Steinglass asked during the redirect examination, with the candidate in reference being Trump.  

“Yes I did,” Pecker said. 

The second witness to take the stand was Rhona Graff, the former president’s longtime executive assistant. 

As the prosecutors continued to build their case against the former president, Swartz argued they should “start dealing with more of the records to help with Michael Cohen.” 

“I think that they’re also going to start bringing in other people who work basically on the campaign to set the stage again, for what Mr. Trump’s attitude was and his anger that he exhibited, and his fear of things coming out as it related to the campaign and the discussions that took place relating to the campaign that sets the stage for Michael Cohen to finish it off,” he said.

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2 thoughts on “Former judge calls Pecker an ‘outstanding’ first witness in Trump trial”
  1. David Pecker was indeed an outstanding choice for the first witness. He appeared incredibly credible and set the stage perfectly for the jury. His testimony was crucial and I believe it will play a significant role for the prosecution. It’s commendable how he handled the cross-examination, and it’s clear that his credibility remained intact throughout. Trump’s legal team seemed to struggle to challenge his integrity effectively. Overall, Pecker’s performance was top-notch, shedding important light on the case.

  2. Was Pecker’s testimony truly convincing for the jury? Did his credibility remain intact under cross-examination?

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