Key Takeaways from Michael Cohen’s First Day Testimony

Key Takeaways from Michael Cohen's First Day Testimony

Michael Cohen, the lawyer of former US president Trump, has been set to be a key witness on Monday for the ongoing trial in Manhattan court in Trump’s trial.

Trump is alleged of making falsifying business records to cover up his former lawyer’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels to keep her mum before the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen is expected to face a ‘brutal’ cross-examination by Trump’s lawyers.

As per the recent hearings on the Trump Hush Money Trial, Trump’s lawyers are likely to attack Michael Cohen’s credibility, highlighting his disbarment.

Michael Cohen was sent to prison and also found guilty of lying about a real estate project on Trump’s behalf.

Here are the key takeaways from Michael Cohen’s testimony:

  • Cohen revealed that Trump had promised him to reimburse the money for the payments he made and the stories he buried that could significantly worsen the 2016 election campaign.
  • Highlighting the payment made to Stormy Daniels, the ad*lt film actress, said that Trump told him, “We need to stop this from getting out.” He further stated that Trump was worried about his reputation and that if Daniels went out and revealed the truth, it would harshly impact the bad reputation among the female candidates, which he couldn’t bear to do then.
  • Further, Michael Cohen highlights the allegations of extramarital affairs with Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, who alleged that she had an extramarital affair with Trump. Michael claimed that he was instructed to handle the situation silently, for which he was paid $150,000.
Key Takeaways from Michael Cohen First Day Testimony
Key Takeaways from Michael Cohen First Day Testimony
  • Further, Cohen stated that all his deeds were done with a motive to benefit Trump for his election campaign. He also said that Trump has promised to reimburse him for the deeds. Two men with Allen Weisselberg, a former Trump Organization chief financial officer, also discussed the reimbursement.
  • Michael Cohen told jurors that David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer and a Trump ally, said they kept a special file drawer for Trump-related files. This suggests the National Enquirer collected potentially sensitive information about Trump, hinting at a relationship between the publication and Trump to manage or control damaging stories.

Last Tuesday, Stormy Daniel was also set to testify when she admitted her relationship with Trump.

She even admitted that she went on a dinner with him after a golf event, and they were involved separately as well.

Further, Justice Juan Merchan also threatened Trump to send him to jail for intimidating Daniels. However, Ms. Daniels is set for cross-examination, which is scheduled to continue on Thursday.

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