Ridgway Record

Lawyer invited to testify before Trump grand jury

- By Eric Tucker

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer who previously advised Michael Cohen, the key government witness in the hush money payment investigat­ion into Donald Trump, has been invited to appear Monday before a Manhattan grand jury that is considerin­g potential charges against the former president, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Robert Costello had advised Cohen before the two had a falling out, and is prepared to offer testimony to the grand jury attacking the credibilit­y of Cohen's statements, according to the person, who insisted on anonymity to discuss secret legal proceeding­s.

Costello had contacted a lawyer for Trump saying that he had informatio­n that contradict­ed Cohen's current statements and that could be exculpator­y for Trump, the person said. The lawyer brought it to the attention of the district attorney's office, which last week subpoenaed Costello's law firm for records and invited him to provide testimony on Monday afternoon.

The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment on Sunday. Prosecutor­s have not said when they expect to conclude their work or when or if Trump might be charged. The former president claimed in a post on Saturday that he would be arrested on Tuesday, though people close to him later said that he had been given no updates from prosecutor­s.

The New York Times first reported on Costello's expected appearance before the grand jury.

Cohen is a former lawyer and fixer for Trump who has been a key witness in District Attorney Alvin Bragg's investigat­ion, meeting regularly with prosecutor­s and appearing before the grand jury earlier this month.

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