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Trump lawyer accuses Cohen of lying in hush-money trial

Update : 17 May 2024, 13:09

Tensions - and voices - rose on Thursday as Donald Trump's lawyer hit back against prosecutors, accusing their star witness repeatedly of lying.

On the most tense day yet of cross-examination, Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's former fixer, described talking to the former president directly about a hush-money payment to an adult-film star.

But attorney Todd Blanche all but shouted Cohen's testimony was "a lie."

Records, he said, show Cohen called Mr Trump's bodyguard about a prank caller. Mr Blanche's theory of the phone call was designed to sow doubt on Cohen's third day on the stand, as the jury watched the furious exchange with intense focus.

Following the heated moment, Mr Blanche stormed back to the defence table and sat down next to his client. When the judge announced an afternoon recess, there was a collective exhale in the room.

Mr Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, for allegedly disguising payments to Cohen as legal expenses when they were in fact reimbursements for paying off film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had sex with him.

Prosecutors allege Mr Trump sought to keep damaging information from the public to protect his 2016 presidential campaign. Mr Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts and denied having sex with Ms. Daniels.  On the stand Thursday under pressure, Cohen maintained that his previous testimony was true, and that he spoke to Mr Trump about the payout to Ms. Daniels on a call on 24 October 2016.

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