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Trump’s Former Lawyer Testifies on Cover-Up Scheme

What You Need to Know

In a riveting courtroom drama, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, took the stand on Monday in Trump’s criminal trial, revealing shocking details about efforts to cover up salacious stories during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen, once a trusted legal advisor to Trump, is now a vocal critic of his former boss, providing damning testimony that implicates Trump in a scheme to falsify records and silence women who claimed to have had affairs with him.

Key Testimony Highlights:

  1. Intimate Knowledge of Hush Money Payments: Cohen testified that Trump had intimate knowledge of “hush money” payments made to two women before the 2016 election. These payments were allegedly aimed at silencing Stormy Daniels and another woman who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Trump.
  2. Personal Approval of Falsifying Records: Cohen claimed that Trump personally signed off on a scheme to falsify records related to the hush money payments. Prosecutors allege that 11 checks received by Cohen from Trump were falsely classified as legal fees to cover up the payments made to Daniels.
  3. Motivation Behind Payments: According to Cohen, Trump instructed him to make the payments to Daniels to protect his presidential campaign. Trump allegedly believed that if he won the election, the payments would be irrelevant, and if he lost, he wouldn’t care about the fallout.
  4. Repercussions: Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and has pleaded not guilty. His defense team is expected to challenge Cohen’s credibility, highlighting his past convictions for lying to Congress and other crimes.

Implications of Cohen’s Testimony:

Cohen’s testimony provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Trump’s campaign and his alleged involvement in efforts to silence damaging stories. If corroborated, this testimony could have significant legal and political ramifications for Trump, potentially undermining his credibility and legal defenses.

The Trump Trial Unfolds:

The courtroom was packed as Cohen took the stand, with Trump and his entourage, including his son Eric and various political allies, present. The presence of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg underscored the gravity of the trial.

As Cohen’s testimony continues, all eyes are on the courtroom, awaiting further revelations and developments in this high-stakes legal battle that has captivated the nation.

As the trial progresses, the public remains eager for justice and accountability, hoping for clarity amidst the web of allegations and legal maneuvers surrounding one of the most controversial figures in modern American politics.

 

 

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