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Trump trial: Michael Cohen faces questions about past lies – BBC News

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Today’s testimony, while important, was not the most enthralling of the trial.

There was a lot of repetition from Todd Blanche, Trump’s lawyer, as he brought up again and again Cohen’s past crimes, prison time, and “lies”, in an effort to discredit him.

Blanche played recordings from Cohen’s podcast where he said: “I want this man to go down” – referring to Donald Trump going to prison.

This was all in an attempt to portray Cohen as a man obsessed with fame and hating Trump.

There were also many questions about a phone call in 2016, which Cohen said was when he spoke with Trump about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Here, we saw Blanche try to test Cohen’s memory of the call.

Today, we also saw a large gaggle of Republican politicians at court to support Trump – including Anna Paulina Luna, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs and Lauren Boebert.

Their presence at the courthouse had very real implications for business in Congress, which you can read about here.

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