(The Herald Post) – Robert Costello, a prominent attorney known for representing figures such as Rudy Giuliani and Steven Bannon, is slated to testify before the New York grand jury on Monday. The grand jury is investigating former President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in a hush-money payment. Costello’s appearance is aimed at attacking the credibility of Michael Cohen, a key witness in the case and former legal advisor to Trump.
In recent years, Costello has represented Giuliani and Bannon during Justice Department investigations and the House Jan. 6 committee hearings. His upcoming appearance before the grand jury was first reported by CNN and later confirmed by The Hill.
The New York Times cited sources familiar with the matter, stating that Costello’s testimony is intended to undermine Cohen’s account of the hush-money payments. This move comes at the request of Trump’s legal team, who are seeking to cast doubt on Cohen’s reliability as a witness. Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 for his role in the payment, has been asked to appear as a “rebuttal witness” at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Cohen expressed uncertainty regarding the specifics of his appearance, telling MSNBC’s Alex Witt on Sunday that he was unsure if he would be testifying before the grand jury or merely meeting with the DA’s office. He also alluded to the possibility of another witness appearing on Monday, although he did not disclose their identity.
The investigation has garnered significant national attention, particularly after Trump claimed in a Truth Social post on Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday in connection with the case. He also called for protests against his arrest, raising concerns about potential violence.
The grand jury is examining Trump’s involvement in a payment made to Stormy Daniels, intended to keep her from revealing an alleged affair with the former president. Cohen has admitted to participating in the scheme, while Trump denies the affair ever took place.
In 2018, Costello and Cohen discussed the possibility of Costello representing Cohen, and Costello later approached Trump officials about a pardon for Cohen. However, their relationship deteriorated as Cohen became a vocal critic of Trump and refused to pay a legal bill from Costello, as reported by the New York Times.
The district attorney’s office has declined to confirm whether Costello will indeed testify before the grand jury and has refrained from commenting on Trump’s claims of an impending arrest on Tuesday.