Live updates: Michael Cohen testifies in Donald Trump’s hush money trial – Daily Frontline

Trump attorney Todd Blanche is pressing Michael Cohen over his prior testimony that he had spoken to Donald Trump about resolving the Stormy Daniels hush money payment in an October 2016 phone call.

Blanche has been showing text messages and a call log that he says indicate Cohen was asking Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller for help with harassment he was receiving — not calling Schiller in order to speak with Trump about Daniels, as he testified Monday.

Cohen insists that while “part of” the correspondence was regarding the harassment, “I know that Keith was with Mr. Trump at the time and there was more potentially than this.”

Blanche asks skeptically whether Cohen really “had enough time to update Schiller about all the (harassment) problems you were having and also update President Trump about the status of the Stormy Daniels situation, because you had to keep him informed.”

“I always ran everything by the boss immediately, and in this case it would have been saying, ‘Everything been taken care of — it’s been resolved,'” Cohen says, maintaining his composure.

Cohen says he testified about the nature of the call, “Based upon what was going on, and based upon the text messages and so on — based on the other text messages about the Stormy Daniels matter.”

Blanche challenged Cohen to confirm that his trial testimony was based on the material prosecutors showed him in preparation for questioning, not his own recollection.

“Yes, that refreshed my recollection,” Cohen said calmly.

Some context: The defense was expected to challenge Cohen’s recollection of this phone call in a substantial effort to undercut his credibility.

Blanche grew animated during this portion of questioning, flailing his arms and speaking in a high-pitched tone.

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