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Michael Cohen admits to calling Trump a ‘Cheeto-sprinkled cartoon villain’ as former president’s lawyers attempt to paint him as a despised, lying hater

Michael Cohen admitted Tuesday to calling Donald Trump an “asshole dictator” and a “Cheeto-sprinkled cartoon villain” who “belongs in a cage” – as the ex-president’s lawyers attempted to portray his former “fixer” like an egoist. overthrow in revenge.

“Have you called Trump a ‘crass cartoon misogynist’ and a ‘Cheeto-sprinkled cartoon villain’ on your podcast? defense attorney Todd Blanche asked Cohen during two hours of often heated cross-examination Tuesday at Trump’s secret trial.

“That sounds like something I would say,” joked Cohen, 57, from the stand of Manhattan Supreme Court, just 15 feet from Trump, 77, who sat leaning back, eyes closed, at the table of the defense.

Michael Cohen admitted Tuesday to calling Donald Trump an “asshole dictator” and a “Cheeto-dusted cartoon villain” who “belongs in a cage.” REUTERS

The exchanges came as Trump’s lawyers took aim at Cohen’s credibility near the end of a monthslong trial in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is accused of faking his company’s records to hide a secret $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The case against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg hinges on jurors’ belief that Cohen paid Daniels at Trump’s behest to hush up his story of having sex with the real estate mogul on the eve of the 2016 election – and that Trump “intended” to hide a damaging scandal. on the part of voters.

Asked if he would like to see Trump convicted in the case, Cohen responded nonchalantly: “Of course.”

Cohen also admitted to profiting handsomely after turning against Trump, having made an estimated $3.4 million writing books about his former longtime boss titled “Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney of the President Donald J. Trump” and “Revenge: How Donald Trump.” Used the US Department of Justice as a weapon against his critics.

“I wanted it all: power, the good life, public fame, fame, big business, fast cars, private planes, excess, glamor and joie de vivre,” Cohen wrote in a extract from “Disloyal” read aloud to the jurors by Blanche.

“Those are my words, yes,” Cohen confirmed when the defense attorney asked him about it.

And Cohen was asked about a slew of products he sells referencing Trump, including a “Convict 45” enamel pin selling for $17, a “Send it to the big house, not the White House” for $22 and a shirt depicting Trump in an orange jumpsuit behind bars that Cohen wore during a recent TikTok livestream.

Cohen claimed he does TikTok live streams six nights a week to “blow off steam” and as a way to cope with struggles that end at night.

The case against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg hinges on jurors’ belief that Cohen paid Daniels at Trump’s behest to hush up his story of having sex with the real estate mogul on the eve of the 2016 elections. POOL/AFP via Getty Images

“I had trouble sleeping,” he testified. He also described his TikToks as an “outlet.”

“Actually, on April 23, so after the trial in this case had started, you went on TikTok and called me a ‘crying little shit’; is not it ? » shouted Blanche, normally soft-spoken, while pointing to Cohen, at the start of the cross-examination.

But his dramatic offering didn’t seem to pique Cohen’s interest and seemed to land flat in the room.

“That sounds like something I would say,” Cohen replied calmly. Prosecutors then objected, and Judge Juan Merchan sustained the objection, effectively expunging the entire exchange from the record.

Blanche then painted a picture of how Cohen was once an ardent fan and admirer of Trump — until he turned on the ex-president the moment he pleaded guilty to a series of federal crimes in 2018.

Cohen, a convicted felon, served prison time for campaign finance law violations stemming from payments to Daniels and Trump’s other alleged mistress, Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, as well as financial crimes unrelated personal.

Blanche took aim at Cohen’s documented history of lying to investigators and Congress — something Cohen claimed he did to protect his then-beloved boss, Trump.

Cohen claimed he does TikTok live streams six nights a week to “blow off steam” and as a way to cope with struggles that end at night. Getty Images

“The information I gave was not accurate,” Cohen acknowledged, referring to the false testimony he gave during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election regarding the Trump Tower real estate project in Moscow.

“Isn’t accurate information a lie? » Blanche probed.

“Of course. It was inaccurate, yes,” Cohen said, prompting Blanche to press again: “Was it a lie?

After further back and forth, Cohen finally admitted, “Of course I’ll say it’s a lie.”

Cohen also admitted to lying to the special prosecutor’s team when speaking with Trump about the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags to a hot microphone about grabbing women by their genitals.

“You told them on August 7, 2018, that you didn’t remember speaking with Trump about the tape, correct? » asked Blanche.

“I don’t remember,” Cohen replied.

“But you testified yesterday that you had a specific memory of speaking to Mr. Trump about the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape,” Blanche continued – to which Cohen replied “correct.”

Cohen also admitted to lying to the special prosecutor’s team when speaking with Trump about the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags to a hot microphone about grabbing women by their genitals. P.A.

Cohen had told jurors earlier in the day that he decided to stop being loyal to Trump after speaking with his family about his federal guilty plea.

“I have made the decision, based again on a conversation with my family, to no longer lie for President Trump,” Cohen said, shifting in his chair to face the jury.

Dressed in a dark blue suit and sky blue tie and sporadically taking sips from a bottle of water, Cohen also told jurors that, of Trump, “I regret doing things for him things I shouldn’t have done – lying, intimidating people in order to accomplish the goal.”

The now-disbarred attorney said he lied repeatedly to cover for Trump “out of loyalty and to protect him.”

He said he has no regrets about working for the Trump Organization. “But keeping that loyalty and doing the things he asked me to do, that violated my moral compass and I suffered a penalty, as did my family.”

Before their relationship soured, Cohen admitted to “admiring” Trump for years and reading the real estate mogul’s book “The Art Of The Deal” twice.

“You called it a masterpiece?” Blanche asked him.

“Yes,” Cohen replied.

“At that time, I was deeply immersed in the cult of Donald Trump, yes,” Cohen testified when asked about comments he made praising Trump in 2015.

Blanche asked him if he was “obsessed” with Trump during this time, but Cohen wouldn’t relent.

“I don’t think I would categorize the word obsessed. I admired him greatly,” Cohen said.

Trump awoke at the start of the cross-examination after Tuesday’s lunch break, chatting animatedly with his lawyers.

But after a few minutes, he slumped back into his chair again, eyes closed, leaning back.

He then kept his eyes closed for at least half an hour.

Cohen’s cross-examination will continue Thursday morning.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and claimed it was a politically motivated revenge plot to get him out of the presidential campaign.

“Can you believe I’ve been here five weeks instead of campaigning,” he told reporters Tuesday during a 10-minute speech in the courthouse hallway.

“This is, to say the least, election interference,” Trump said.

New York Post

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