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Michael Cohen is at it – testifying against Trump

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Lawyer and former “fixer” Michael Cohen on his way out of the prosecutor’s office in New York last March. Photo: Yuki Iwamura / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 15:50:51

Policy: On Monday, Cohen entered the witness box, ready to help bring down his former boss.

For a number of years, Cohen was Trump’s lawyer and “fixer”. He had a reputation for being very loyal and willing to solve problems that didn’t stand the light of day.

According to his own statement, part of the job was to cover up the boss’s “dirty actions”.

One of the shady assignments was allegedly to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 US election.

Now Trump stands accused of having broken the accounting law when Cohen was reimbursed for his expenses. The prosecutor believes the sum was listed as “legal expenses” to hide the real purpose.

– They were very interested in paying for the story, Daniels said of Trump and Cohen in court in New York last week.

In a court last year acknowledged Cohen to have lied, under oath, in the trial in 2018. Trump’s defenders in the bribery case will try to brand Cohen as a self-proclaimed liar with no credibility.

In addition to this, Cohen has openly expressed that he wants to see his former boss behind bars.

As recently as last week he appeared on Tiktok wearing a T-shirt with a picture that apparently showed Trump in handcuffs behind bars.

According to Trump’s lawyers, Cohen is almost obsessed with a desire to “take” his ex-boss.

If the jury still believes Cohen, Trump can now be convicted. But at the same time, he can benefit politically from the prosecution trying to build the case on information from a person with such a fringe reputation.

Trump claims all the indictments against him are politically motivated and the result of a corrupt judiciary – a claim he uses to build support and collect election campaign funds.

The motive is said to have been to prevent Daniels from going to the media with the story of his meeting with Trump at a golf tournament ten years earlier. Daniels says the two had sex, which Trump denies.

But using Cohen as a “star witness” is by no means unproblematic. In 2018, he was sentenced to several years in prison, including for having lied to Congress.

– He has spoken extensively about his desire to see Trump imprisoned, said Trump’s defender Todd Blanche during the opening of the bribery case.

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