Michael Cohen Produces Secret Recording of Trump during ‘Hush Money’ Testimony

Disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen appeared as the prosecution’s star witness during the trial for the “hush money” case against President Donald Trump in New York on Monday.

During his testimony, Cohen, a convicted perjuror, produced an audio recording that he says he secretly made during a conversation with Trump.

Cohen says he secretly recorded the president on September 6, 2016, shortly before the election.

During Trump’s 16th day in court on Monday, Cohen testified that he secretly recorded his former boss on his iPhone.

Cohen claims the conversation was regarding a payment to former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker.

According to Cohen’s testimony, Pecker had paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 to purchase her story.

McDougal claimed that she had an affair with Trump.

Cohen claims Pecker purchased the story from McDougal to quiet her claims ahead of the election.

According to Cohen, Pecker was asking to be paid back.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team played the recording to the jury before asking Cohen about the conversation.

However, the recording offered little in the way of evidence and nothing quite added up regarding Cohen’s explanation of it.

Cohen claims that he secretly recorded Trump, who was his boss at the time, as proof Trump planned to pay Pecker.

Yet, it could be argued that if Cohen was lying to Pecker about paying him, he could have steered a conversation with Trump to get the soundbite he wanted, which would explain the lack of context in the short audio clip.

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According to his testimony, Cohen also claimed that he made the recording in order to keep Pecker “loyal” to Trump.

Cohen failed to explain why the recording would keep Pecker “loyal,” however.

Elsewhere in his testimony, Cohen tried to argue that he recorded Trump to “protect” him, which, again, also went unexplained.

When the recording was played for the jury, Cohen could be heard telling Trump he needed to “open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David.”

Cohen claimed during his testimony that he was referring to Pecker, although this isn’t clear from the recording.

“So what do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?” Trump is heard saying.

The recording contained no other information, leaving Cohen to “fill in the gaps” for the jury.

Cohen argued in his testimony that Trump knew Pecker had purchased the rights to McDougal’s claims of an affair and agreed to pay $150,000.

“He already knew based upon conversation with David, which is why he mentioned the number 150,” Cohen said.

Cohen testified that he recorded the exchange while holding his iPhone while sitting across a desk from Trump.

However, Cohen didn’t explain why the recording only included two lines from the middle of a conversation, or what happened to the rest of the context if he did record more.

Trump was unaware he was being recorded at the time.

The case revolves around the alleged falsification of business records.

As yet, the prosecution hasn’t offered any evidence tying Trump to the allegations other than the testimonies of a convicted perjuror and a porn star, both of whom openly admit they hate the 45th president.

Prosecutors say Cohen paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to quiet her claims of an alleged extramarital sexual encounter with Trump.

DA Bragg’s team alleges the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen and fraudulently logged the payments as legal expenses.

The prosecution is working to prove that Trump falsified records with the intent to commit or conceal a second crime.

Last week, Daniels provided a salacious and irrelevant testimony that sought to smear Trump before the jury.

Legal experts have sounded off that Daniels’ testimony was irrelevant to the case and that it should not have been admitted into the record.

The Trump legal team twice motioned for a mistrial but was denied by presiding Judge Juan Merchan, a Biden donor.

Republican Sen. JD Vance (R-OH) was seen attending court with Trump on Monday.

The senator responded to Cohen’s testimony on X.

Vance balked at Cohen admitting to secretly recording Trump.

“Michael Cohen admitting he secretly recorded his employer,” he posted.

“Just totally normal conduct, right?

“The best part is he said he did it only once and only for Trump’s benefit. A standup guy!”

Vance, alongside fellow Republicans such as Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), held a brief press conference Monday regarding the trial.

During the presser, Vance continued in his condemnation of Cohen’s testimony.

“This guy is a convict and felon who admitted in his testimony that he secretly recorded his former employer, that he only did it once, allegedly, and that this was supposed to help Donald Trump,” Vance said.

“Does any reasonable, sensible person believe anything that Michael Cohen says?

“I don’t think that they should.”

Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, Bragg has yet to provide evidence to support any of these allegations.

Whether the lack of proof matters for the jury in deep blue New York remains to be seen.

READ MORE – Michael Cohen’s Credibility in Shreds Ahead of Anti-Trump ‘Hush Money’ Testimony

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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