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Michael Cohen Testifies Further on Hush Money

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Michael Cohen Testifies Further on Hush Money

Michael Cohen is about to proceed testifying in former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial after telling jurors Monday that he was following Trump’s orders when he paid for Stormy Daniels’ silence and that Trump approved a fraudulent scheme to reimburse him. The testimony showed why Cohen is a star witness for the prosecution. In describing Trump’s approval of the reimbursement scheme, Cohen brought Trump closer than some other witness has to the core charge within the case: namely, that Trump falsified business records concerning reimbursement payments to Cohen. The prosecution estimated that their questions for Cohen would only participate of the day. Then, the Trump defense team will begin what is certain to be a combative cross-examination. Sustain with USA TODAY’s live updates from inside and out of doors the Manhattan courtroom.

Allen Weisselberg is a former chief financial officer on the Trump Organization who was sentenced to 5 months in jail for perjury during former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial last 12 months. Weisselberg had previously been sentenced to 5 months for tax fraud after falsifying Trump Organization business records and failing to report $1.7 million in advantages. Justice Juan Merchan suggested prosecutors consider calling Weisselberg to testify in Trump’s ongoing case in Latest York on Friday after Trump’s legal team objected to prosecutors’ attempts to point out jurors Weisselberg’s $750,000 severance agreement, POLITICO reported. Merchan ruled Monday that prosecutors cannot show jurors that agreement.

Michael Cohen was shown a series of checks that he said corresponded to the invoices he submitted in 2017, which he said were false invoices. Several of them, he said, had Trump’s personal signature on them. Earlier witness testimony has also confirmed Trump’s signature on checks that prosecutors say correspond to those invoices.

Jurors were shown an invoice Michael Cohen submitted in 2017 stating that he was submitting the invoice pursuant to a retainer agreement, which is an agreement about compensation that reserves a lawyer’s payment for future services. Cohen just told jurors that statement was false – the requested money wasn’t pursuant to a retainer agreement. Cohen’s invoice also said the requested payment was for services rendered for January and February of 2017. Cohen testified that statement was also false. He already told jurors yesterday these payments were actually reimbursing him for paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money, in addition to reimbursing him for an additional expense and paying him a bonus. Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger is constant to point out jurors invoices Cohen submitted in 2017, and he is constant to testify that the invoices were false in similar ways.

Melania Trump, born Melanija Knavs, married former President Donald Trump in January 2005. They’ve one son, Barron, who was born in March 2006.

House Speaker Mike Johnson will deliver remarks at 10:15 a.m. EDT at a park next to the Manhattan courthouse where Trump’s hush money trial is ongoing, in response to a media advisory. The advisory says that Johnson will discuss the “political persecution” of Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and President Joe Biden’s “weaponized Department of Justice.” There isn’t any evidence that Biden is behind the hush money trial.

The jury again saw a photograph of Michael Cohen on the White House. The photo, together with earlier testimony from former Trump White House aide Madeleine Westerhout, corroborates prosecutors’ story that Cohen visited the White House in February of 2017. There was also testimony earlier within the trial that metadata related to the photo indicates it was taken on Feb. 8, 2017.

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger has began questioning Cohen. She showed jurors an email jurors have seen before of Jeffrey McConney, the previous financial controller for the Trump Organization, asking Cohen in February of 2017 to send him invoices. McConney appears to reference Allen Weisselberg, the previous chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. The e-mail stated: “Mike, Only a reminder to get me the invoices you spoke to Allen about. Thanks, Jeff” Cohen entered the courtroom after a lengthy lawyer-judge conversation.

Michael Cohen is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. Cohen has been very protective of his family previously, expressing fear that Trump’s rhetoric could endanger them. Cohen said yesterday his marriage is occurring 30 years.

Donald Trump entered the courtroom at 9:25 a.m. EDT for Day 17 of his criminal trial. Today, Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, is here. Lara Trump’s husband, Eric Trump, and potential vice presidential pick on the Trump campaign ticket, Vivek Ramaswamy, are also present.

The prosecution team entered the courtroom at 9:13 a.m. EDT. We’re still waiting for the Trump defense team, Judge Juan Merchan, and the jury.

Judge Juan Merchan has ordered Donald Trump to not comment on witnesses or jurors to avoid influencing his Latest York hush trial, but a Reuters investigation found the previous president’s social media posts concerning the judge and prosecutors inspired widespread threats of violence.

Michael Cohen was disbarred after he pleaded guilty to multiple crimes in 2018. A panel of Latest York state judges granted a request from a Latest York attorney grievance committee to strike Cohen’s name from the official list of attorneys in Latest York state in February of 2019. Cohen “ceased to be an attorney upon his federal conviction of constructing false statements to america Congress,” the panel said in its opinion.

In August 2018, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, and violating campaign finance laws. In November 2018, he pleaded guilty to at least one count of constructing false statements to Congress. Cohen was sentenced to a few years in prison.

House Speaker Mike Johnson will make an appearance within the courthouse with Trump on Tuesday morning, showing solidarity with the previous president in response to an individual conversant in the planning. Johnson joins various high-profile Republicans joining Trump in Manhattan to support the previous president.

On Monday, jurors listened to a recording of a conversation between Trump and Cohen concerning a hush money deal to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen referenced “info regarding our friend, David,” which was a reference to David Pecker.

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