A CNN report has suggested that staff and contract workers from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort may testify in the classified documents case, which could potentially mean bad news for the former president.
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig explained that having regular workers testify could be a dream scenario for prosecutors, as it provides inside witnesses who are honest and hard-working, as well as giving important insight surrounding the crimes.
“Ordinarily in the federal system, when you’re a prosecutor, you build your case on the back of a cooperator, somebody who was part of the crime, who’s pled guilty, and who is now your witness,” Honig said.
“The defense lawyers stand up in closing, and they say, ‘Folks, you’re going convict my client based on the word of a criminal?’ And then we prosecutors stand up and say to the jury, ‘Look, we’d love to call honest, hard-working people to come in here and tell you about a crime, but that type of person isn’t on the inside of a crime.’”
“Here, they’re literally on the inside of a crime. These are honest, hard-working, regular folks ― had nothing to do with the crime. They’re inside the bedrooms, inside the closets.”
“And even if they can’t give the whole story, A to Z, they can give important details. They saw a box here or there. They overheard a conversation. So, if I’m a prosecutor, this is the best-case scenario.”
Notably, Honig is a former assistant U.S. attorney.
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