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Prosecution hopes testimony from disgraced lawyer will help convict Trump

Prosecution hopes testimony from disgraced lawyer will help convict Trump


Prosecution hopes testimony from disgraced lawyer will help convict Trump

NEW YORK — The star prosecution witness in Donald Trump's hush money trial, former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, has testified he went to Trump immediately after the National Enquirer alerted him to a story being peddled that alleged Trump had had an affair with former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen recalled going to Trump’s office, asking Trump if he knew McDougal or anything about the story.

Cohen said Trump then told him to make sure that the story doesn't get released.

Cohen said he communicated regularly with National Inquirer publisher David Pecker and editor Dylan Howard to stop the story from getting out. He said the tabloid executives updated him regularly on their discussions and that he kept Trump apprised of developments.

Cohen said he thought the story would have a “significant” impact on Trump’s presidential campaign if it became publish.

The McDougal news came on the heels of the National Enquirer paying $30,000 to squash a doorman’s false rumor about Trump having a child out of wedlock.

Prosecutors have spent weeks attempting to build a case that largely hinges on record-keeping. They've presented witnesses, text messages, notes and audio recordings to illustrate what prosecutors have said was a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election by buying and burying negative stories that might hurt Trump's campaign.

Many legal experts have said the prosecution is politically motivated and is an attempt to keep Trump from getting a second term in office.

Polls seem to indicate that, so far, the various legal cases against Trump are not hurting him in the polls and may be even helping him.