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Michael Cohen to testify in hush money trial
Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels in 2016

Donald Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer is expected to testify against the former president today at his hush money trial.

Michael Cohen, considered the trial’s key witness, paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, before the 2016 presidential election. The payment would be “hush money” to prevent her from talking about an affair she said she had had with Trump.

Trump faces 34 charges of falsifying corporate records, all of which he denies.

What do we know about Stormy Daniels’ testimony?

Stormy Daniels gave testimony at Trump’s hush money trial last week.

The former adult film actress, 45, gave explicit details about the alleged sexual encounter that Trump, 77, denies took place.

She recalled how Keith Schiller, Trump’s bodyguard, instructed her to take a particular elevator to the penthouse floor and black-and-white tile floor in Trump’s hotel suite.

Daniels testified that she agreed to sign the hush money agreement with Trump and Cohen because she feared for her safety.

Read a summary of Daniels’ testimony here.

Near the end of Trump’s first campaign for president in 2016, Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 — reportedly to buy her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

He also arranged for the publisher of the National Enquirer, a tabloid magazine, to make a $150,000 payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claimed to have slept with Trump in 2006.

The story was never published.

The practice, employed by the media to prevent an individual from publicly revealing information harmful to a third party, is known as ‘catch and kill’.

Trump denies the women’s claims.

Read our full analysis.

Michael Cohen, who rose to fame as Trump’s ‘pit bull’, is from Long Island in New York State.

He attended a top private school, studied law and went to work for a personal injury lawyer who later pleaded guilty to bribery.

Cohen later worked at a law firm in Queens that was also a taxi garage. He ran for New York City Council in 2003, but failed and began buying apartments in Trump properties.

He was said to be a big fan of Trump before he started working for him around 2007.

Read the full story here.

What is expected in court today?

Michael Cohen is expected to testify about his role in arranging so-called hush money payments on behalf of Trump during his first presidential campaign in 2016 (Will Pavia writes).

Prosecutors have documents showing that Cohen made a $130,000 payment to Daniels and was then reimbursed by the Trump Organization, which classified it as legal fees. They have records of telephone calls that Cohen made to Trump at the time. But they need Cohen to tell the jury what was said.

Trump’s lawyers have previously called Cohen an “admitted liar” with an “obsession with getting after President Trump.”