/ 14 May 2024

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Michael Cohen, the former lawyer and “fix-it” man for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has taken the stand in Trump’s “hush-money” trial in New York. In another day of sensational evidence, Cohen, the prosecution’s star witness, told the court Trump wanted adult film star Stormy Daniels silenced when he heard she was shopping around a story that they’d had sex, and he was worried more for his 2016 presidential campaign than the impact on his marriage. Cohen, now disbarred, said his former boss instructed him to open an account for Daniels and make a payment of US$130,000, ordering him to “just take care of it”. He claims Trump said of the scandal: “Guys, they think it’s cool, but this is going to be a disaster for the campaign”. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of trying to disguise the payment as legal fees.

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