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Michael Cohen says he'd 'lie, bully' and threaten people for Trump at hush money trial

Molly Crane-Newman and Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — More than six years after his conviction for doing Donald Trump’s dirty work — cementing a bitter rivalry with the man he once said he’d “take a bullet” for — Michael Cohen testified on Monday at the former president’s hush money trial.

Prosecutors called Trump’s former personal lawyer to the stand as the marathon Manhattan Supreme Court trial passes the monthlong mark.

‘A lot of women coming forward’

“Just be prepared, there’s gonna be a lot of women coming forward,” Cohen, then a surrogate on Trump’s campaign, said the future president warned him as he embarked on his 2016 run for the White House.

The lawyer testified about the August 2015 Trump tower meeting where Cohen, Trump and supermarket tabloid publisher David Pecker allegedly hatched a plan to boost Trump’s candidacy by planting positive stories about Trump and repressing negative ones.

“What was discussed is the power of the National Enquirer in terms of it being located at the cash register of so many supermarkets and bodegas — that if we could place positive stories about Mr. Trump that would be beneficial, that if we could place negative stories about some of the other candid, that would also be beneficial,” Cohen testified.

 

Cohen walked the rapt jury through how he allegedly carried out that scheme and how Trump told him to “handle” a story from a Trump Tower doorman that he’d had a love child, and how he believed Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story of their nearly year-long affair would have a “significant” impact on the campaign.

Cohen learned of McDougal’s claims in the summer of 2016 from American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, and told Trump.

“I went to the office, knocked on it,” Cohen recalled in court. “Boss, I gotta talk to you … went in, talked to him about what I had just learned. I asked him if he knew who Karen McDougal was …

“His response was, ‘She’s really beautiful.’ I said, ‘OK, but there’s a story that’s right now being shopped.”

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