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Trump trial stay updates: Donald instructed Michael Cohen to ‘deal with’ doorman’s story that he ‘fathered a love youngster’

Trump trial stay updates: Donald instructed Michael Cohen to ‘deal with’ doorman’s story that he ‘fathered a love youngster’


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Donald Trump’s former fixer and nemesis Michael Cohen has taken the stand in Manhattan on Monday in testimony that would make or break the case in opposition to the previous president. 

The lawyer is telling the jury about his position in arranging hush cash funds on behalf of his outdated boss, together with $130,000 to porn actor Stormy Daniels.

Cohen has been touted because the star witness for the prosecution and has already been on the heart of the drama within the first trial of a former president.

He has been ridiculed on the stand by these earlier than him and Trump’s protection will proceed to try to undermine his credibility.

Cohen served time in jail over the hush cash funds on the heart of the case and has been convicted of mendacity to Congress. The case may hinge on whether or not the jury believes he’s a dependable witness.

Comply with DailyMail.com’s stay protection from reporters contained in the courtroom.  

Trump’s political allies slam ‘miserable’ courtroom in press convention outdoors trial

Ohio Sen. JD Vance led the press convention, beginning off by slamming Cohen as a ‘convicted felon.’

‘Does any affordable individual consider something Michael Cohen has mentioned?’ he continued.

He went on to assault Decide Merchan’s daughter for profiting off the case and the highest prosecutor within the case Michael Colangelo, who left Biden’s DOJ to prosecute Trump.

‘This can be a menace to American democracy,’ Vance went on.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama mentioned Trump is getting ‘no respect’ in courtroom.

‘This courtroom is miserable,’ he added. ‘This courtroom is essentially the most miserable factor I’ve ever seen.’

Trump is extra animated after the break, shaking his lifeless and smiling dismissively at Cohen

Trump appeared rather more full of life when he returned to the courtroom after a brief break.

The previous president was seen shaking head and smiling dismissively when Cohen claimed he did not need to file any greater than he did as a result of it was sufficient to persuade David Pecker he was going to get the cash.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Former U.S. President Donald Trump and attorney Todd Blanche attend his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 13, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger as former U.S. President Donald Trump sits with his eyes closed during Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 13, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

How Trump’s courtroom cheerleaders spent the morning session: Stay tweeting

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter contained in the courtroom:

Sen JD Vance spent the morning session stay tweeting proceedings from the second row of the courtroom.

So though Trump can’t touch upon witnesses, his supporters can … and did: ‘Michael Cohen admitting he secretly recorded his employer. Simply completely regular conduct, proper? The most effective half is he mentioned he did it solely as soon as and just for Trump’s profit. A standup man!’

Vance and Trump’s different cheerleaders, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and the AGs of Alabama and Iowa, haven’t returned after the break

Cohen is again on the stand after a brief break

Trump’s entourage of political supporters haven’t entered the courtroom with him.

Trump had his eyes closed for a lot of the testimony

Like at different factors in the course of the trial, Donald Trump had his eyes closed for a lot of the testimony.

He seemed straight at Cohen when he took the stand, however then he appeared to maintain his reactions to a minimal.

The previous president appeared to maintain his head down as his former fixer detailed his work with Nationwide Enquirer to kill Karen McDougal’s affair allegations.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2021 Former President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the border wall outside Pharr, Texas. - The US Secret Service arrested a 72-year-old man in New York on January 10, 2022 after he allegedly phoned them threatening to kill ex-president Donald Trump, a criminal indictment showed. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

Court docket takes a mid-morning break

The jury has been excused and Michael Cohen has stepped down from the stand after the primary a part of his testimony.

After detailing the hush cash deal made to kill Karen McDougal’s affair story, he’s prone to be requested about what led to the funds to Stormy Daniels.

Former President Donald Trump sits in Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. (Mark Peterson/New York Magazine via AP, Pool)

Court docket hears secret audio Cohen product of a Trump telephone name in 2016

The courtroom hears a secret audio recording Cohen product of a dialog in regards to the Karen McDougal story.

The recording was secretly made on September sixth 2016 by Cohen as he was in discussions with the Nationwide Enquirer about shopping for up the rights to the story from Ms McDougal, who was Playboy Playmate of the 12 months in 1998.

Earlier than talking to Cohen, Trump could be heard speaking to any individual known as ‘Pam’.

He says: ‘Possibly it will be higher in case you didn’t come. Due to this. It’s so false what they’re saying. Such b*******’.

It’s unclear what Trump is referring to.

Cohen enters and says: ‘I must open up an organization for the switch of all of that information concerning our buddy, David, , in order that — I’m going to try this instantly’.

Based on prosecutors, this was an organization Cohen was setting as much as pay the $150,000 again to the Enquirer, which might pay McDougal for her story.

Ultimately, he by no means did pay the cash.

Michael Cohen testifies on the witness stand with a National Enquirer cover story about Donald Trump displayed on a screen in Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

The ‘our buddy David’ referred to David Pecker, who on the time was writer of the Enquirer.

Cohen continues: ‘ I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about find out how to set the entire thing up,’ referring to the person who on the time was chief monetary officer of The Trump Group, Trump’s actual property enterprise.

Trump replies: ‘So, what will we bought to pay for this? 150?’

Cohen replies: ‘Sure. And it’s all of the stuff’.

On the tape there may be crosstalk between the 2 males and it’s unclear who Trump is referring to when he says: ‘Possibly he will get hit by a truck’.

Cohen says: ‘Right. So, I’m throughout that. And, I spoke to Allen about it, when it comes time for the financing, which will likely be…’

Chopping in, Trump says: ‘Pay attention, what financing?’

When Cohen says they’ll ‘should pay him one thing’, Trump cuts in: ‘Pay with money’.

To reassure him, Cohen says: ‘No, no, no, no, no, I bought it’.

How Trump spent Mom’s Day… and the place was Melania?

Donald Trump spent Mom’s Day having brunch at Mar-a-Lago the place he was surrounded by supporters though not by members of his household.

There was no signal of his spouse Melania Trump or son Barron Trump within the many movies and pictures posted to social media on Sunday from the non-public membership in Palm Seaside.

In the grand lobby of Trump International Hotel, Melania Trump listens to her husband, U.S. Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump speak at the ribbon cutting for their latest property, Trump International Hotel - Old Post Office, in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016. The event was closed to the public, and included VIP guests and employees of Trump. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As an alternative, Trump, carrying a brilliant yellow tie, ate at a desk with Fox Information’ Brett Baier and different company. The previous president had his iPad useful, which he likes to make use of to play DJ.

‘I hope that the entire unbelievable MOTHERS on the market had an unbelievable day. You’re the most particular folks of all of them!!! ❤️Love, DONALD J. TRUMP, forty fifth President of america,’ he wrote on Reality Social.

He made no point out of Melania, however he did put up the previous first woman’s message to moms.

Melania Trump is spending her first Mom’s Day with out her mother. Amalija Knavs died in January.

Eric Trump is posting to X from the courtroom

‘I’ve by no means seen something extra rehearsed!’ Eric wrote on X in the course of Cohen’s testimony.

He’s seated instantly behind his father within the courtroom Monday.

How Trump melted when Cohen instructed him about Karen McDougal: ‘She’s actually stunning’

Prosecutors took Cohen by way of the interval the place he discovered about bombshell claims by former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal’s claims of an prolonged affair with Trump. ‘Boss I gotta discuss do you,’ Cohen instructed Trump as he walked into his workplace on the twenty sixth flooring of Trump Tower, he recalled.

Cohen says he requested Trump if he knew who Karen McDougal was, or ‘something in regards to the story.’

‘His response to me was: ‘She’s actually stunning.’

‘I mentioned, “Okay however there’s a narrative …”‘ Cohen testified.

That was only one early scene in a series of occasions that might lead to a $150,000 fee to McDougal. Based on Cohen, ex-Nationwide Enquirer boss David Pecker would put up the cash, however Trump instructed him, ‘I’ll handle it,’ which means he would pay him again.

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Cohen intercedes to assist ‘kill’ a narrative by a Trump Tower doorman about an alleged Trump ‘love youngster’

Cohen goes by way of one other notorious ‘catch and kill’ episode, this one involving a Trump Tower doorman who claimed ‘that there was a love youngster’ involving Trump.

Cohen mentioned he heard about it from American Media Inc., after earlier talking about his contacts with David Pecker and Dyland Howard, and testifying about what he known as a plan to kill adverse tales about Trump.

The story – which was by no means established as true – was in regards to the doorman’s declare that Trump fathered a baby with a Trump Tower housekeeper.

Cohen says he went to Trump ‘instantly’ to advise him ‘there was a adverse story and to get his path on what he wished me to do.’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Former U.S. President Donald Trump and attorney Emil Bove attend his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 13, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Supply of testimony by Cohen is ‘cautious and flat’ as he tries to get jury on his aspect

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter contained in the courtroom:

Michael Cohen’s supply is taken into account, cautious, flat.

If jurors had been anticipating a ‘pants on hearth’ kind, or a ‘jerk’, as different witnesses put it, then they don’t seem to be getting one.

And that’s precisely why prosecutors had been so completely satisfied to get earlier witnesses to dish the dust on him.

In doing so, they’ve ‘inoculated’ the jury in opposition to his worst factors.

We all know that Cohen is a convicted perjurer however the prosecution is hoping the jurors are all considering: Oh, perhaps he isn’t so unhealthy in spite of everything.

‘It’s incredible! That’s unbelievable!’ Trump’s response to Nationwide Enquirer tales

Donald Trump was over the moon when the Nationwide Enqurier ran constructive tales about him or adverse ones about his rivals.

The tabloid journal would ship over tales earlier than they had been revealed, and the editorial workforce typically sought enter from Trump.

Cohen would present Trump, and he would say: ‘It’s incredible! That’s unbelievable!’

Former US President Donald Trump looks on during his criminal trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York City, on May 13, 2024. Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York was expected to hear his former lawyer turned tormentor Michael Cohen testify Monday about his role in what prosecutors say was a cover up of payments to hide an affair. (Photo by Steven Hirsch / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVEN HIRSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Cohen: Trump mentioned lots of girls would come ahead when he introduced his run for president

Donald Trump was involved that many ladies would come ahead when he introduced his run for president, Michael Cohen instructed the courtroom.

The previous president’s ‘fixer’ additionally detailed how he would preview Nationwide Enqurier tales and covers earlier than they had been revealed.

Trump and his workforce knew the ability the tabloid had because it was offered in so many supermarkets and bodegas.

Subsequently they tried to put constructive tales about Trump and adverse articles about his opponents.

Cohen revealed that he was in shut contact with the Nationwide Enquirer writer on the time, David Pecker, and editor Dylan Howard.

‘Detrimental ones (tales) I might obtain from David or Dylan Howard was Hillary Clinton carrying very thick glasses, some allegations she had some mind damage

‘It was Ted Cruz, a photograph of his father with lee Harvey Osawald claiming (he) was concerned within the assaination of JFK

‘Article on Marco Rubio in a swimming pool with a bunch of different males claiming they had been having a drug binge of some kind.’

Cohen will get emotional as he remembers working for Trump: ‘It was a giant household’

Early in his testimony, Cohen spoke about his happiest instances working for Donald Trump, because the defendant sat simply ft away from him in Manhattan Felony Court docket. ‘I loved working with my colleagues on the Trump group, the Trump kids. It was a giant household,’ he mentioned, smiling and recalling these instances.

Requested how he felt about working for Trump, Cohen flashed nostalgia and emotion, replying merely, ‘Implausible.’

‘Working for him, particularly throughout these ten

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years was a tremendous expertise in lots of, some ways. There have been nice instances. There have been a number of lower than nice time.s

Cohen reveals he spent a lot time with Trump they synced telephone contacts

Michael Cohen instructed the courtroom that he spent a lot time with Donald Trump that the true property mogul selected to ‘sync’ his mobile phone.

‘We in the end determined, he agreed, to have his contact numbers synced to my cell quantity,’ he mentioned.

It meant Cohen may get anybody Trump wished on the road.

Consequently, he had greater than 30,000 contacts on his telephone.

Cohen admits he would bully folks to make Trump ‘completely satisfied’

Michael Cohen was requested by prosecutors about whether or not he would typically bully folks whereas working for the Trump Group.

He went on, saying the ‘solely factor that was on my thoughts’ was to ‘make him completely satisfied,’ referring to Trump.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen stands behind Trump as a group of supporters lay hands on Trump in prayer during a campaign stop at the New Spirit Revival Center church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016. Picture taken September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC1526F7CC50

Prosecutors get to the guts of the problem: Trump did not depart a paper path and did not use emails

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter contained in the courtroom:

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger has bought shortly to the guts of one of many points about this case: That Trump has not left a paper path.

Did Trump ever use electronic mail, she asks Cohen. No, he replies.

‘Throughout sure conversations, he would remark that emails are like written papers,’ he continued.

‘He is aware of too many individuals who’ve gone down … by having emails that prosecutors can use in a case.’

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 05: Donald Trump talks on the phone in the McLaren garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 05, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Cohen says he may very well be described as Trump’s ‘fixer’

Michael Cohen testified that it will be ‘honest’ to characterize him as Trump’s former ‘fixer.’

‘Some have described me as that,’ he instructed prosecutors.

‘If it was so as to place a narrative that might be advantageous I might communicate with them,’ he mentioned. He would additionally deliver down the hammer. ‘If there was an article that precipitated him displeasure I’d communicate with them as nicely,’ he mentioned.

He agreed his position was to attenuate adverse tales and improve constructive tales.

Trump has not seemed instantly at Cohen to date.

Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears with his personal attorney Michael Cohen during a campaign stop at the New Spirit Revival Center church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016. Picture taken September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

‘Implausible!’ Cohen earned Trump’s approval by stiffing Trump College distributors

Cohen is describing a few of the duties he did for Trump, like determining find out how to pay now-defunct Trump College distributors, when payments had been far past the $2 million in an organization checking account.

Cohen mentioned he ‘got here up with principally 20 % of everybody’s bill’ – the quantity every vendor would get. He ‘contacted each one.’

All however two accepted the lowball supply, aside from two, who bought nothing.

Cohen testified he would inform Trump about every association.

Trump mentioned it was ‘incredible.’ Requested how the accomplishment made him really feel, Cohen mentioned it was ‘like I used to be on prime of the world.’

Cohen reveals he was ‘honored’ to work on the Trump Group

Cohen instructed the courtroom he was honored to be provided a job on the Trump Group in 2007.

He defined how Don Jr. launched him to the previous president after shopping for a number of models at one among his properties.

Cohen then bought concerned with resolving a problem with one of many constructing’s boards, sparking negotiations over a brand new place.

‘I used to be requested to overview a collection of paperwork that cope with Trump resorts,’ Cohen mentioned.

Then they began talks over wage, and ended up on a ‘center quantity’ of $375,000.

Cohen mentioned he by no means went again to his outdated employer’s workplace and Trump bought a few of his workers to pack his belongings.

He then began work from Ivanka’s outdated workplace.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Seth Wenig/UPI/Shutterstock (14478579i) Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom before the start of his trial at Manhattan criminal court in New York on Monday, May 13, 2024. Michael Cohen, a one-time fixer and personal attorney to Trump, will take the stand today to begin testifying in the hush-money criminal trial against the former president. Former President Trump Criminal Trial in New York, United States - 13 May 2024
Former US President Donald Trump looks on during his criminal trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York City, on May 13, 2024. Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York was expected to hear his former lawyer turned tormentor Michael Cohen testify Monday about his role in what prosecutors say was a cover up of payments to hide an affair. (Photo by Seth Wenig / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SETH WENIG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Cohen describes how Trump gave him Ivanka’s outdated workplace on the twenty sixth flooring of Trump Tower

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger is establishing how Cohen went from being a private damage lawyer to somebody with extraordinarily shut entry to Donald Trump. When Trump provided him a job and bought him to depart his agency, ‘I really by no means went again. Not even that day,’ Cohen mentioned. Trump ‘‘gave me Ivanka Trump’s outdated workplace on 26’ – which means the twenty sixth Ground of Trump Tower. As for his position: ‘I might solely reply to him and I might work on points that had been of concern to him,’ Cohen mentioned.

Donald Trump spoke for six minutes earlier than coming into the courtroom to face his nemsis Michael Cohen.

His lawyer, Todd Blanche, stood subsequent to him as he spoke about plenty of press articles that he mentioned present the case in opposition to him is flawed.

The previous president additionally celebrated the New York Occasions ballot that reveals him main Joe Biden in 5 swing states.

Cohen identifies Trump from the stand by his necktie

Cohen was requested to establish Trump from the witness field the place he’s delivering testimony.

He needed to stand as much as get a gander of the person he was launched to by Donald Trump Jr. after stepping into actual property purchase buying Trump properties.

He was requested to establish Trump by an article of clothes. ‘He’s carrying a blue and white tie,’ Cohen mentioned.

Cohen takes the stand: Trump stares straight at his nemesis

Right here we go. With a name of ‘Witness coming into’ from a courtroom officer, Michael Cohen walks stiffly into the courtroom.

Trump appears straight forward as his nemesis steps into the witness field and is sworn in. Cohen is carrying a light-weight pink tie and his most earnest expression.

This isn’t a person who does humility simply, however he’ll want each ounce of it to get by way of what will likely be a really testing time on the stand.

He begins with gentle balls from prosecutor Susan Hoffinger about his age, marital standing and early profession.

Biden marketing campaign mocks Trump complaining about ‘chilly’ courtroom

Trump complained about being sidelined whereas he’d favor to be campaigning as a consequence of his prison trial.

He instructed reporters earlier than coming into the courthouse on Monday morning: ‘I must be out campaigning now, as an alternative of sitting in a really chilly courthouse all day lengthy.’

Decide will not enable Allen Weisselberg’s separation settlement from Trump Group into proof

Decide Merchan’s first act of enterprise is to disallow as proof a ‘separation settlement’ that former Trump Group CFO Allen Weisselberg bought when he left the corporate.

It might ‘simply present a proof for why any individual’s not right here,’ mentioned Merchan. Weisselberg is presently serving time in jail at Rikers Island.

‘It doesn’t transfer the ball in any means in direction of satisfying the burden of proof .. so I’m going to disclaim the applying,’ mentioned the choose.

Prosecutors mentioned final week the settlement confirmed that beneath the settlement Weisselberg was entitled to 3 funds of $250,000 this yr and that he couldn’t disparage the Trump Group.

Allen Weisselberg appears as a witness for the prosecution in the Trump Org tax evasion case. Today was the last day he appeared on the witness stand.

Trump arrives along with his greatest entourage thus far

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter contained in the courtroom.

Trump has arrived along with his greatest entourage thus far for the showdown with Michael Cohen.

He has Sens. JD Vance and Tommy Tuberville within the rows behind him. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis rounded out the group of lawmakers.

Son Eric has returned, alongside along with his common workers Boris Epshteyn, Natalie Harp and Jason Miller.

How will Cohen seek advice from Trump?

One query is how Cohen, after prepping with prosecutors, will seek advice from Trump whereas on the stand. Throughout dramatic 2019 congressional testimony, he known as him ‘Mr. Trump’ whereas denouncing him, as in: ‘I’m ashamed as a result of I do know what Mr. Trump is. He’s a racist. He’s a conman. He’s a cheat.’

‘Mr. Trump’ was the popular title contained in the Trump Group, the place Cohen as soon as had a twenty sixth flooring workplace. Extra just lately, Cohen has been quoted on his podcast and different commentary calling him ‘Donald.’ Throughout the trial, in an effort to determine his unreliability, prosecutors introduced up a tweet the place he known as the previous president ‘Von Schitzenpants.’ Sly feedback or outbursts like that would harm the prosecution’s case.

Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Michael Cohen left his residence along with his lawyer Danya Perry at his aspect

Cohen left his New York residence accompanied by his Danya Perry, a white collar prison protection lawyer and a former Assistant United States Legal professional for the Southern District of New York.

She runs a boutique legislation agency beneath her personal title, and beforehand served as New York’s deputy lawyer basic. She ran investigations for the Moreland Fee, which investigated public corruption. The Harvard School and Yale legislation grad beforehand labored at MacAndrews & Forbes and for the agency of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and labored for a federal choose.

Cohen spent hours earlier than Monday’s look prepping for testimony and for what is predicted to be a brutal cross examination with lawyer Lanny Davis.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock (14478392c) Michael Cohen, former attorney for Donald Trump, leaves his home before he testifies in Manhattan criminal court in former president Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York on Monday, May 13, 2024. Trump's criminal trial is in its fourth week on charges he allegedly falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 presidential campaign. Former President Trump Criminal Trial in New York, United States - 13 May 2024

Trump has left Trump Tower on the best way to courtroom

Donald Trump’s motorcade has left his Manhattan residence on the best way to courtroom for the showdown along with his former fixer Michael Cohen.

He’ll sit in courtroom whereas the lawyer he has repeatedly berated explains the small print of the hush cash settlement on the heart of the case.

Cohen is ready to say that Trump was behind the fee and that the previous president personally permitted the reimbursements.

Prosecutors say the funds had been illegally disguised as authorized charges.

Is that this the ultimate week of the prosecution?

The Manhattan District Attorey’s workplace prosecutors indicated on Friday that this is able to be the ultimate week of their case.

Michael Cohen’s testimony may final a number of days and is predicted to ship fireworks.

The prosecution’s last witnesses are set to be much less dramatic and may very well be procedural.

Then the protection will take over. It isn’t but clear who they’ll deliver to the stand.

There’s a probability Trump’s attorneys could not name anybody.

Cohen arrives at Manhattan Felony Court docket to organize for his testimony

Cohen walked into the courtroom in downtown Manhattan simply after 8am.

Donald Trump is but to depart Trump Tower for his routine motorcade journey.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen (C) arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for the trial of former US President Donald Trump for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs in New York City, on May 13, 2024. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Who’s Michael Cohen?

Cohen labored for the Trump Group from 2006 to 2017, serving as Trump’s fixer. He as soon as proudly proclaimed he’d ‘take a bullet’ for his boss.

Cohen took the lead in arranging the fee to Daniels, passing it by way of a company he established for the aim. He says he was then reimbursed by Trump, whose firm logged the fee and associated bonuses as ‘authorized bills.’

A couple of months earlier, Cohen had additionally organized for the writer of the Nationwide Enquirer to make the same $150,00 fee to McDougal for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with Trump.

Cohen made recordings of a dialog during which he and Trump spoke in regards to the association to pay McDougal by way of the tabloid writer. At one level, Trump mentioned: ‘What will we bought to pay for this? One-fifty?’ Trump denies the affair.

After Trump grew to become president, Cohen held himself out as somebody who may doubtlessly advise company shoppers on the brand new administration, gathering hefty charges from firms looking for affect within the new White Home.

Federal prosecutors in 2018 charged Cohen with evading taxes associated to his investments within the taxi trade, with mendacity to Congress and with marketing campaign finance violations associated to the hush cash funds.

Cohen, who blamed Trump for his authorized issues, pleaded responsible and served a couple of yr in jail earlier than being launched to residence confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s now a key prosecution witness within the Manhattan district lawyer’s investigation.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump departs his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York City, U.S., May 13, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The jury in Donald Trump’s Manhattan hush cash trial has already heard three weeks of testimony.

They’ve listened to a variety of witnesses from Stormy Daniels – who went into lurid element about her alleged tryst with the previous president – and paralegals and mobile phone firm employees who’ve entered proof.

Within the subsequent two weeks, they’ll probably be despatched out to consider to resolve guilt within the first trial of a former president.

Michael Cohen leaves his residence and heads to courtroom downtown

Michael Cohen has departed his New York residence to go to the decrease Manhattan courtroom.

He left along with his lawyer Danya Perry and is ready to take the stand simply after 9.30am.

Cohen as soon as described himself as Trump’s ‘spokesman, thug, pit bull and lawless lawyer’.

The fixer may now be an issue for his outdated boss.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump departs his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York City, U.S., May 13, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump departs his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York City, U.S., May 13, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A pair of lead Republicans within the Home are demanding to know why the Division of Justice has not but investigated Michael Cohen regardless of the previous Trump fixer admitting he lied to Congress.

Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner and GOP Convention Chair Elise Stefanik wrote  the Justice Division (DOJ) six months in the past with a prison referral for Cohen. The DOJ confirmed receipt of the letter however has by no means adopted up.

Cohen admitted in October to mendacity to Congress in 2019 when he falsely instructed the Home Intelligence Committee behind closed doorways that he was not instructed by Trump to inflate his internet value.

Cohen could have been undermining his personal credibility as a witness, as he is been taking to TikTok to speak in regards to the case and requesting donations.

‘Trump 2024?’ Cohen mentioned on the video-sharing platform. ‘Extra like Trump 20-24 years.’

Who Cohen’s testimony is so key

The reimbursements Cohen obtained type the premise of the fees — 34 felony counts of falsifying enterprise data — in opposition to Trump.

Prosecutors say the reimbursements had been logged as authorized bills to hide the funds’ true function.

Protection attorneys have teed up a bruising cross-examination of Cohen, telling jurors throughout opening statements that the fixer-turned-foe is an ‘admitted liar’ with an ‘obsession to get President Trump.’

His checkered previous is focal within the case. The testimony of a witness with such intimate data of Trump’s actions may heighten the authorized publicity of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee if jurors deem him sufficiently credible.

However prosecutors counting on somebody who was jailed for pleading responsible to federal fees associated to the funds and mendacity to Congress is a dangerous technique.

Donald Trump left his prison trial with a smile on Friday after a choose instructed the prosecution to manage their star witness Michael Cohen.

The previous president nodded as Decide Juan Merchan urged the Manhattan District Legal professional’s Workplace to direct the lawyer on the heart of the case to cease discussing it.

The excellent news for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee got here on the finish of a grueling week in courtroom the place he sat by way of six hours of testimony from Stormy Daniels.

The porn star went into element together with her salacious and typically lurid claims in regards to the evening they allegedly had intercourse in a lodge room in 2006 – a narrative Trump has denied.

She completed her look on the stand on Thursday afternoon, with Friday a much more subdued affair with witnesses who gave much less dramatic however nonetheless essential proof.

They bore witness to a few of the most extraordinary moments of the Trump presidency: The choice to take out Abu Abkr al-Baghdadi. The primary statements from the White Home a couple of unusual new virus. A ridiculous storm path bearing down on Alabama redrawn with a Sharpie pen. And the president’s ruminating about injecting bleach.

Some cupboard members, longtime aides and prime White Home personnel remained loyal till the bitter finish and nonetheless assist him. Others bailed out within the final days of his administration, each earlier than and after January 6.

A smattering landed e-book offers they used to unload on the administration they as soon as served, or penned op-eds denouncing Trump. Others adopted him to Mar-a-Lago, serving to the previous president regroup as he plotted a means ahead that took him to the cusp of the Republican presidential 2024 nomination.

Even earlier than he set foot inside courtroom 1530, Michael Cohen’s position as a key witness in Donald Trump’s hush cash case put the previous president’s lawyer-cum-fixer on the heart of proceedings.

Movie star lawyer Keith Davidson, for instance, was requested a couple of message he obtained asking him to ‘name that jerk again.’

‘Who was that jerk?’ he was requested by prosecutor Joshua Steinglass in the course of the second week of the trial.

‘Michael Cohen,’ he replied to laughter within the public gallery.

It’s one factor for Trump’s protection to begin to case doubt on the testimony of a disbarred lawyer who has modified his story about paying $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels; it’s fairly one other for the prosecution, which is able to depend on Cohen’s testimony to attract a direct hyperlink from Trump to the fee, to focus on his shortcomings.



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