Donald Trump's defense scrambles as bombshell tape branded 'critical' piece of evidence

By Daniel Walker | May 16, 2024

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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer and personal fixer, took the witness stand in the former president's criminal hush money trial on Monday, revealing a "critical" piece of evidence in the case.

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During court proceedings on Monday, jurors heard for the second time an audio recording Cohen secretly made of himself briefing Trump in September 2016 about a plan to buy the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story from the National Enquirer.

The recorded conversation

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Cohen testified that the recorded conversation played in court was the only one he had ever made between him and the former president.