Trump hush-money trial live: Michael Cohen expected to take the stand as the prosecution’s star witness


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Cameron Joseph

Cameron Joseph

The biggest news out of Donald Trump’s trial on Friday wasn’t anything that was said on the witness stand, but who will be on it this week.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer and attorney, is expected to be called by the prosecution as soon as Monday.

Cohen is at the center of the case: he’s the man Trump repaid for buying the silence of the adult film star Stormy Daniels, an arrangement that Trump allegedly falsified business records to conceal.

The biggest question is whether the jury will find him credible. Numerous witnesses made it clear during testimony just how bullying, aggressive and unlikeable he could be in their interactions with him.

But he’s the witness who can tie everything together. And we may start hearing his story when court resumes on Monday.

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Michael Cohen, prosecution’s star witness, expected to take the stand

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Donald Trump’s criminal trial over his hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which enters its fifth week today with proceedings due to start at about 9.30am ET in New York.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and personal fixer, is expected to take the stand as soon as today. As trial wrapped for the week on Friday afternoon, the prosecution said they expected to call two more witnesses – one of whom will be Cohen. Last week, the jury heard testimony from Daniels, who provided a detailed – and embarrassing – account of an alleged sexual liaison with Trump some 20 years ago.

Cohen’s hush-money payment to Daniels is at the very heart of the historic trial in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors charge that Cohen wired $130,000 to Daniels’s then attorney just 12 days before the presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in connection with the payments and had pleaded not guilty.

We’re at the courthouse again today. Stay with us.

Trump’s criminal hush-money trial: what to know

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