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“This Was All About the Campaign”: Michael Cohen Testifies in Trump Hush Money Trial

HeadlineMay 14, 2024
Image Credit: Jane Rosenberg

Michael Cohen took the stand Monday in Donald Trump’s criminal election interference trial and testified that Trump, his former boss, instructed him to make a $130,000 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels in order to protect his 2016 presidential run. The arrangement, which was made between Cohen, Trump and then-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, included a plan to reimburse Cohen for the payment, which involved falsifying business documents by classifying them as “legal expenses” — falsely claiming they were payments to Cohen for his services as Trump’s “personal lawyer.”

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, told the court Trump said, “Women will hate me … This is going to be a disaster for the campaign.” Cohen also said, “He wasn’t thinking about Melania — this was all about the campaign.” According to Cohen, Trump also urged him to drag out negotiations with Daniels past the November election, saying, “If I win, it has no relevance because I’m president, and if I lose, I don’t really care.”

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