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Prosecutors rest hush money case against Donald Trump as Michael Cohen wraps testimony

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

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NEW YORK — More than five years after they began investigating Donald Trump and a month after the hush money trial began, Manhattan prosecutors rested their case against the former president Monday afternoon, moments after former fixer Michael Cohen wrapped up his testimony after four days on the stand.

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger ended redirect at 3 p.m. sharp after playing the recording of Cohen on the phone to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Keith Davidson in October 2017, when he said, “Nobody’s thinking about Michael,” and that he cared about Trump.

“I can’t even tell you how many times [Trump] said to me, ‘you know, I hate the fact that we did it,’” Cohen said in the recording.

“I was referring to the payment to Keith Davidson that I made on behalf of Mr. Trump for the Stormy Daniels matter,” Cohen said as explanation.

The prosecutor’s last few questions centered on the impact turning on Trump had on Cohen’s life.

“My entire life has been turned upside down as a direct result,” he said, including losing his law license, businesses, and being subjected to personal attacks as well as on his family.

 

A few jurors were seen smiling at each other when the prosecution announced they were finished presenting their case.

Blanche briefly re-questioned Cohen, asking him if it was Trump’s fault that his life turned south.

Trump likely won’t testify

An attorney for Donald Trump all but confirmed the former president would not take the stand in his defense at his hush money trial after estimating his team will likely wrap up their case on Monday.

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