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Michael Cohen was actually whining about teen prankster when he said he was speaking to Trump about Stormy Daniels payoff: lawyer

When Michael Cohen claimed he had an important conversation with President Donald Trump about hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, he was actually complaining about a 14-year-old boy who was making prank calls. the former president’s lawyer argued in an explosive moment in court Thursday. .

The heated exchange about the call on the eve of the 2016 election occurred on the second day of President Trump’s grueling cross-examination in his Manhattan criminal trial. So defense attorneys continued to try to portray Cohen as a stand-in for the liar, seeking revenge against him. Former boss.

“We’re not looking for your beliefs. This jury doesn’t want to hear what you’re thinking!” Cohen, 57, said he believed he was telling the truth about the phone call. During his testimony, President Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche exclaimed:

When Michael Cohen claimed to have had an important conversation with Donald Trump about paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels, he was actually complaining about a 14-year-old prank caller. Getty Images

Cohen said Monday that days before sending the $130,000 to his lawyer, a bodyguard who was known to be with Trump on Oct. 24, 2016, to discuss finalizing the deal with Daniels. He testified that he called Keith Schiller.

But Mr. Blanche introduced evidence that Mr. Cohen had threatened to report the teenage prank caller to the U.S. Secret Service that same day and was unhappy with Mr. Schiller about it.

Mr. Cohen then claimed that he discussed both topics in a 1-minute, 36-second phone call with Mr. Trump on Thursday.

“Part of it was about the phone.” [with the prankster]”But I knew that Keith was with Mr. Trump at the time, and it was potentially more than just this,” he testified, his voice breaking into high-pitched cries of disbelief. was raised.

“In those 1 minute and 36 seconds, I had enough time to update Mr. Schiller on all the issues I was having with this harassing call and update President Trump on the Stormy Daniels situation. ” Blanche shrieked.

“That was a lie, I admit it!” he cried.

The heated exchange about the phone call on the eve of the 2016 election took place during the second day of President Trump’s intense cross-examination in his Manhattan criminal trial. Angela Weiss/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

“I believe I was telling the truth,” said Cohen, 57, with salt-and-pepper hair and a black suit and honey-mustard-yellow tie.

Text messages between Cohen and the prankster were shown to the jury, but the boy asked for mercy after Cohen said he reported the harassment to the Secret Service.

On Oct. 24, 2016, a text message from the boy read, “I didn’t do that.”

Another text read: “I’m 14 years old.” “Please…please stop…”

“This number has been sent to the Secret Service due to your continued and ongoing harassment of both my cell and the main lines of the organization,” Cohen had written in a message to the prankster.

Mr. Cohen’s credibility is important to this case. Prosecutors say Cohen’s account that he ordered Trump to pay Daniels to silence her story about having a sexual relationship with a real estate mogul on the eve of the 2016 election, and that the Republican president That’s because it depends in part on the claims made by potential candidate Cohen. There was an “intent” to hide the damaging scandal from voters.

“We’re not looking for your beliefs. This jury doesn’t want to hear what you’re thinking!” Cohen, 57, said he believed he was telling the truth about the phone call. During his testimony, President Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche exclaimed: Reuters

Trump’s lawyers focused much of their two-day, more than seven-hour cross-examination on Cohen’s long history of sworn lies, which he claims he made on Trump’s behalf, and on nothing to do with the president. spent pursuing other misdeeds. Former president.

At a hearing Thursday morning, Cohen said in Manhattan federal court that he had received a fake legal judgment generated by artificial intelligence as part of a failure last year to get him released from supervised release early for his guilty pleas to campaign finance and other crimes. He admitted that he sent it to his lawyer.

The disbarred lawyer told jurors that he discovered the fake lawsuit after using the “Google AI” tool, which “created a ton of fictitious results because the AI ​​wanted to please its users.”

He then handed them over to his lawyer, who included the sham sentence as a “legal precedent” for why Cohen should be released early.

“The three cases you gave your lawyer aren’t real cases, right?” Blanche asked Cohen.

Cohen said Monday that days before sending the $130,000 to his lawyer, a bodyguard who was known to be with Trump on Oct. 24, 2016, to discuss finalizing the deal with Daniels. He testified that he called Keith Schiller. Ministry of Justice

“That’s right,” Cohen replied.

Cohen also testified that he once asked Trump for a pardon during Trump’s presidency, even though he told Congress in 2019 that he had never sought such an agreement.

“In that moment, it was true. I wanted this nightmare to end,” Cohen testified.

Blanche also asked Cohen earlier in the morning if he felt bad about being removed from Trump’s White House seat.

Cohen admitted he wanted to be considered for a Cabinet post “for ego purposes,” but claimed he didn’t actually want to be named Trump’s chief of staff.

Mr. Trump, 77, spent the morning sitting in his Manhattan Supreme Court defense chair with his eyes closed as Mr. Branch confronted Mr. Cohen about his history of lies.

But Mr. Blanche introduced evidence that Mr. Cohen had threatened to report the teenage prank caller to the U.S. Secret Service that same day and was unhappy with Mr. Schiller about it. Pool/AFP (via Getty Images)

But he perked up a bit in the afternoon, opening his eyes and staring directly at Cohen as the lawyer increased his theatrics by gesticulating and raising his voice while giving a speech about President Trump’s former “fixer.”

In the afternoon, Blanche confirmed to Cohen that Trump was worried about his alleged affair with Playboy model Karen McDougall being reported, and that he was concerned about the impact on his family. He won a small victory.

Cohen and former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker said the main reason Trump tried to kill the McDougal and Daniels stories was because they were key parts of the prosecution’s case. He testified that he did so because he was concerned that it might have a negative impact on a certain presidential election campaign.

On Thursday morning, Mr. Trump arrived at the defense table with a stack of documents in front of him, the top sheet of which contained a list of quotes that positively illuminated Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen then claimed that he discussed both topics in a 1-minute, 36-second phone call with Mr. Trump on Thursday. Getty Images

“Voters told MSNBC that this event increased their support for Mr. Trump,” the positive quote seen in the reporter’s photo read at the top of the page.

Trump then read the citation to reporters and television cameras in the courthouse hallway.

“It was a fascinating day… and it shows what a fraud this whole thing is,” he said.

Cohen seemed a little tired by the end of the day, his voice becoming hoarse by the hour.

Before leaving the room, he took a large gulp of water from a plastic cup next to him, then another.

He then glanced to his left at the jury before taking a third and final sip, finishing off the rest of the cup.

His cross-examination will resume on Monday morning.

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