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Trump’s Lawyers Portray Michael Cohen in Hush Money Trial as Seeking Revenge

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Donald Trump’s lawyers sought to portray the key witness in the Manhattan “hush money” trial as a bitter former employee seeking “revenge,” as a dozen of the former president’s Republican loyalists packed the courtroom in the latest show of political support.

On his third day on the witness stand, Michael Cohen, a former fixer and personal lawyer for Trump who has since turned against his former boss, was confronted with quotes from his books and podcasts in which he had celebrated the impeachment of the presumptive Republican nominee for the office of president.

During Thursday’s session, which featured prominent House Republican hardliners including Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, the court heard a recording of Cohen saying the impeachment of Trump filled him with “joy,” and a Clip in which he said: “I really fucking hope this man goes to prison” and that “revenge is a dish best served cold”.

Cohen’s reliability is one of the key assessments jurors will have to make when deciding whether to find Trump guilty of falsifying business payment records to buy the silence of porn actor Stormy Daniels, who had threatened to sue to go public about an extramarital relationship encounter in the days before the 2016 vote.

Prosecutors have alleged that Trump engaged in election interference by tricking Cohen into paying $130,000 of his own money to Daniels and disguising a series of reimbursements as legal fees to hide them from regulators and authorities in future investigations .

Earlier this week, Cohen testified that he paid Daniels so that her story would have “no impact on Mr. Trump’s chances of becoming president of the United States.” On behalf of his former mentor, with whom he had a falling out in 2018, he expressed regret for lying and bullying people.

Under cross-examination by Trump lawyer Todd Blanche, Cohen was asked to confirm that he repeatedly lied under oath when testifying before Congress and that he called federal prosecutors and a top judge “fucking animals” after pleading guilty to multiple counts The charges include tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to banks.

Trump, 77, appeared to doze with his eyes tightly closed during the interrogation. The rows behind him were packed with members of the House Freedom Caucus, including Anna Paulina Luna, Andy Biggs and Bob Good.

Several other Trump allies and potential running mate, including Senators JD Vance and Tommy Tuberville and House Speaker Mike Johnson, have traveled to New York in recent days to support the defendant.

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