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Michael Cohen returned to the stand on Tuesday morning to deliver more testimony against his old boss, Donald Trump.

The fixer and lawyer, who was convicted over the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and lying to Congress, is set to face grueling questioning from the former president’s lawyers in across-examination.

The prosecution’s star witness told the court on Monday how he would silence the former president’s accusers before the 2016 election with a series of hush money deals.

The jury heard that Trump was more worried about his campaign than his wife Melania as stories of alleged affairs emerged.

Cohen also described working at ‘the direction of and for the benefit’ of the now-presumptive Republican nominee.

Follow DailyMail.com’s live coverage from our reporters in the courtroom.

Prosecution case falling ‘significantly short’ says legal expert

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, is not impressed with Cohen’s testimony. He tells Fox News:

It’s almost as if he (Cohen) thinks there should have been a second lawyer watching him and advising Trump if he could believe what he (Cohen) was saying.

He was the lawyer. He as drafting it. He was crafting these transactions.

And we are still significantly short of any showing of intention to defraud to hide a crime, which has still not been defined by the prosecutors.

Cohen admits statement about hush money payment was ‘meant to be misleading’ and hid fact he was reimbursed for the $130,000

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside the courtroom:

Cohen has just walked the court through a statement he drafted in February after he had received a complaint about the payment from the Federal Election Commission.

In it, he said: ‘In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own private funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Miss Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump Campaign was a party to the transaction.’

He concluded that there was therefore no campaign finance violation.

‘Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage. I’ll always protect Mr. Trump.’

On the stand, Cohen admits that the whole thing was meant to be misleading, hiding the fact that he was then reimbursed for the payment.

Cohen speaks about his false statements to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow that landed him in prison for lying

Cohen speaks about his testimony to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow amid the Russia probe.

It came after describing legal work he said he did for the benefit of Trump.

He said he spoke to Trump three times about it, when in fact they had spoken ten times.

‘I was staying on Mr. Trump’s message that there was no Russia Russia Russia. And again in coordination with the joint defense team that’s what was preferred,’ he said, referencing a joint defense agreement with Trump’s lawyers.

He said he felt a ‘tremendous amount of pressure’ and it was the first time he’d been subpoenaed by Congress to testify.’

‘I told them that it was a truncated time period and that I’d only spoken to Mr. Trump about this project three times,’ Cohen said.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks with attorney Todd Blanche (L) as he attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 14, 2024. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen returns to the witness stand on Tuesday for what is expected to be a tough grilling by the ex-president's lawyers at his historic hush money trial. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Appeals court rejects Trump’s bid to overturn gag order

While Cohen is testifying a mid-level appeals court has denied Trump’s latest effort to throw out the gag order that has been imposed on him.

Trump asserted the order violated his right to free speech and left him unable to respond to criticisms from people like Cohen.

The order, imposed by Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the trial, prohibits Trump from making public comments about jurors, witnesses, and families of the judge and prosecutors if meant to interfere with the case.

Cohen: I knew Stormy Daniels’ denial she was paid hush money or had an affair with Trump was false

The prosecution is now running through all the denials issued by Stormy Daniels as reporters pored over the details of Stormy Daniels story.

Prosecutors have to get through the fact that Cohen was lying his head off at the time to protect Trump, in order to at least take some of the sting out of what will likely be a brutal cross-examination.

‘Did you know at the time this statement was false,’ asks Susan Hoffinger, about a January 2018 statement issued by Daniels denying she was paid hush money or had an affair with Trump.

‘Because I helped him craft it.’

How did he know Daniels was paid hush money?

‘Because I’m the one who paid it,’ he says.

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba joins his daughter-in-law Lara in the courtroom entourage

Former President Donald Trump talks to press  on the 15th day of the hush money trial filed against him by DA Bragg. Pictured ; Alina Habba  May 14 2024 Curtis Means for DailyMail.com / Pool
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Former US President Donald Trump, with attorney Todd Blanche, speaks to the media as he arrives for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels, at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Curtis Means - Pool/Getty Images)

Lawyer Michael Cohen does free work for Trump – but banks $4m in ‘consulting’

Cohen testified about doing legal work for Trump and for Melania Trump gratis. He said it was ‘very minimal.’

One bit involved reviewing an agreement by Maddam Tussaud’s to create her likeness in wax.

He even did some work relating to Sumner Zervos, an ‘Apprentice’ contestant who brought a defamation case against Trump, but didn’t bill Trump anything and ‘didn’t expect to be paid.

But he said he banked $4 million through a consulting arrangement, working for the firm Squire, Patton Boggs, where he maintained an office in both New York and Washington.

Cohen speaks about the last invoice and last check he got from Trump

‘Is this the last invoice that you emailed?’ Cohen is asked about his December 2017 invoice.

He agrees, and is asked why it is his last invoice.

‘Because now I had been reimbursed $420,000,’ he responded.

His final check was signed by Trump, he testifies.

‘Was this the last check that you received from Mr. Trump or anyone at the Trump Organization?’ Hoffinger asks himn.

Michael Cohen, right,  leaves his apartment building in New York, Tuesday, May 14, 2024.  Cohen, former President Donald Trump's fixer-turned-foe is returning to the witness stand for a bruising round of questioning from the former president's lawyers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Speaker Mike Johnson shows support for Trump outside court house: ‘He’s innocent’

Appearing outside President Trump’s criminal hush money trial, Speaker Mike Johnson said ‘no one should believe a word [Michael Cohen] says today.’

‘I came here today on my own to support President Trump because I am one of hundreds of millions of people and [I am] one citizen who is deeply concerned about this.’

Johnson insisted Trump is ‘innocent of these charges’ and they are ‘not about justice and all about politics.’

US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson speaks outside the Manhattan Criminal Court as former President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, in New York City, on May 14, 2024. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen returns to the witness stand on Tuesday for what is expected to be a tough grilling by the ex-president's lawyers at his historic hush money trial. (Photo by Alex Kent / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALEX KENT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson listens as former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives to attend his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 14, 2024. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen returns to the witness stand on Tuesday for what is expected to be a tough grilling by the ex-president's lawyers at his historic hush money trial. (Photo by MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The ‘entire Republican party’ is in the courtroom supporting Trump

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside the courtroom:

Eric Trump is sitting in the second row next to his wife Lara.

He just gave up his seat in the front row to accommodate Rep. Byron Donalds.

‘The entire Republican Party is in this room.’ Trump himself looks more relaxed today, smiling as he talks to lead defense lawyer Todd Blanche.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA)  and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy listen as Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he arrives for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels, at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Curtis Means - Pool/Getty Images)

‘Is that a false record?’: Cohen is going through monthly bills, and check stubs he got – some signed by ‘Donald J. Trump’

Hoffinger takes Cohen through a series of invoices, checks, and pay stubs.

She repeatedly asks him to answer, ‘Is that a false record,’ and he agrees. He also identifies signatures on checks he received, including one by ‘Donald J. Trump,’ and one by Donald Trump, Jr.

Cohen lists ‘payment for services rendered’ in monthly invoices that are continuing through the spring and summer of 2017.

Cohen testifies that about a ‘false’ record where he submitted an invoice for ‘services rendered’

Cohen testifies about a Feb. 14, 2017 memo.

‘Pursuant to the retainer agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the months of January and Februaryu, 2017,’ it says. Cohen says he created the invoice after speaking to Jeff McConney, who reported to Allen Weisselberg.

Cohen had asked McConney via email how much the monthly agreement was for. ‘$35,000,’ he responded.

‘Does the invoice say that it’s for services rendered not only for the month of January but February,’ Hoffinger asks. Cohen agrees.

‘In truth was this invoice for any services that you had rendered for those two months?’ she asked him. Cohen says it wasn’t.

He gets asked if the reimbursement for services rendered was a truthful statement. He says it isn’t.

‘The reimbursement to me for the hush money fee as well as Red Finch and the bonus,’ he said.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen departs from his home to attend his second day of testimony at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Michael Cohen is back on the stand – and brings testimony inside the Oval Office

Michael Cohen is back on the stand. He began his testimony with a ‘good morning’ to prosecutor Susan Hoffinger.

After speaking about an internal document related to invoices, he speaks about his Feb. 8, 2017 trip to the White House.

‘I was stiting with President Trump. And he asked me if I was okay. He asked me if I needed money. I said no all good because I can get a check,’ Cohen said.

One piece of evidence establishes that he is as giddy to be there as any tourist. Cohen is seen posing in front of the podium in the White House briefing room.

Former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, departs his home for Manhattan Criminal Court for the trial of former US President Donald Trump for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs in New York City, on May 14, 2024. Cohen returns to the witness stand on Tuesday for what is expected to be a tough grilling by the ex-president's lawyers at his historic hush money trial. (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) / ALTERNATE CROP (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump praises his surrogates for ‘speaking very beautifully’ and complains about ‘icebox’ temperature in court

‘I do have a lot of surrogates and they are speaking very beautifully,’ said Trump to reporters as he walked into court Tuesday.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Vivek Ramaswamy, Speaker Mike Johnson and GOP Congressmen Byron Donalds and Cory Mills are accompanying Trump to court today.

He is wearing a golden orange tie similar in color to the tie he wore last week.

‘You ask me questions that I’m not allowed to answer. They’re the easiest questions that could possibly be asked,’ Trump said about Judge Merchan’s gag order.

He went on to slam Judge Engoron, who presided over his civil fraud trial.

‘He’s under investigation right now, he under a big investigation I hear.’

Trump went on to complain about the ‘icebox’ temperatures in Manhattan criminal court.

‘I’ve been here for nearly four in weeks in the ice box I call it the icebox.’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media alongside his lawyer Todd Blanche at his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels, at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Prosecutors ask for a bench conference at the start of the day

Before things can get underway, the prosecution asks for a bench conference. Lawyers for Trump and the government huddle with Judge Merchan. Trump chats with lawyer Emil Bove while Todd Blanche speaks with the judge.

Members of Trump’s entourage are chatting, with Doug Burgum rustling in his seat and Vivek Ramaswamy turning backward to speak to Lara and Eric Trump.

Ramaswamy also flashes a cell phone, which was in his hand.

Trump makes his court entrance

Former President Donald Trump sauntered into court, sporting a yellow tie, and dropped some documents onto the defense table in front of him.

He immediately began chatting with lawyer Todd Blanche, and pointed to someone on the prosecution side of the courtroom.

He once again submits to photographs by a group of photographers with cameras close in to get the shot.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he arrives for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

House Speaker Mike Johnson’s move to join Trump’s court entourage is an extraordinary move for the man who is third in line for the presidency, and is another sign of the total embrace Trump is getting from congressional Republicans.

It comes days after days after the House rejected an effort by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to remove Johnson from office through a procedural motion.

Trump sided with the speaker in the spat, meeting with Johnson and posting in advance that ‘this is not the time’ to move to vacate the chair, as Greene was proposing.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson speaks during a press conference with House Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2024. REUTERS/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/File Photo/File Photo

The Speaker’s office left no doubt which side he is on.

‘The Speaker will then address media outside of the ongoing sham prosecution of President Trump,’ his office announced.

‘Speaker Johnson will address the political persecution of the 45th President of the United States by President Biden’s weaponized Department of Justice and the left-wing Manhattan district attorney.’

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a Trump critic, criticized the move.

‘Have to admit I’m surprised that @SpeakerJohnson wants to be in the “I cheated on my wife with a porn star” club. I guess he’s not that concerned with teaching morality to our young people after all,’ she posted.

Trump: Judge is making ‘big money’ off the case and should be removed ‘immediately’

Donald Trump attacked the judge in the hush money trial again on Tuesday by claiming he is ‘making big money’ off the ‘scam and its outcome’.

The former president took his targeting of Judge Juan Merchan to a new level in an early morning tirade on Truth Social.

‘Virtually every Legal Analyst and Scholar said yesterday, at the end of the day, THAT THERE IS NO CASE, AND THAT THIS WITCH HUNT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN BROUGHT, AND SHOULD BE THROWN OUT NOW!!!

‘WHY WASN’T THIS HOAX BROUGHT SEVEN YEARS AGO, INSTEAD OF IN THE MIDDLE OF MY WINNING CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT — ELECTION INTERFERENCE.

‘The problem is that this Judge, Merchan, is TOTALLY COMPROMISED, CONFLICTED, AND CORRUPT, MAKING BIG MONEY OFF OF THIS SCAM AND ITS OUTCOME.

‘He can’t render a fair decision, too much is at stake for him and the Democrats. The Appellate Division should remove him immediately!’

TOPSHOT - Former US President Donald Trump looks on during his criminal trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York City, on May 13, 2024. Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York was expected to hear his former lawyer turned tormentor Michael Cohen testify Monday about his role in what prosecutors say was a cover up of payments to hide an affair. (Photo by Steven Hirsch / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVEN HIRSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Stormy Daniels wore a bulletproof vest to and from the courthouse in New York last week when she appeared as a witness in Donald Trump’s hush money trial.

Stormy Daniels attorney, said his client was particularly worried about being targeted as she came to detail the alleged sexual encounter at the center of the trial.

‘She was concerned about the security coming in to New York,’ Clark Brewster told CNN on Monday night.

‘She wore a bulletproof vest every day until until she got to the courthouse’, he explained.

Michael Cohen leaves his apartment ready for the second testimony

Michael Cohen has left his Manhattan apartment to head downtown to the court for his second day of testimony.

Donald Trump’s former fixer stepped out in a suit and light blue tie after spending Monday detailing how he arranged hush money deals for his old boss.

He will take the stand and will first be questioned by the prosecution.

Then he will face a bruising cross-examination from Trump’s lawyers who will attack from all sides to undermine his credibility

Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court in New York, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court in New York, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Trump brings his VP stakes into the courtroom

Donald Trump will bring two running mate contenders in his entourage when he arrives in court for the Manhattan trial on Tuesday.

The former president brought his son Eric and his team of loyal aides for the opening weeks of the case.

Now he is turning to Republican politicians and candidates to be his vice president for support.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Vivek Ramaswamy will sit in the Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday for the second day of Michael Cohen’s testimony.

Speaker Mike Johnson and GOP Congressmen Byron Donalds and Cory Mills will also be in tow.

Limited in the campaigning he can do from the courtroom, he is now bringing the VP stakes and his biggest allies with him.

Michael Cohen was new on the job, and anxious to please his new boss that he was worth his new $375,000 salary and Fifth Avenue skyscraper office.

So in an early display of his tough guy lawyer chops, he went to work on an outstanding billing conundrum at the ill-fated Trump University. About 50 vendors had not been paid, with a total that ‘far exceeded’ the $2 million available in the venture’s bank account.

The personal injury lawyer got to work, creating a hand-written spread sheet that ‘came up with basically 20 percent of everyone’s invoice’ – denying each of them 80 per cent of what they were owed. (Two other vendors ‘just went away.’) He called each of them one-by-one to tell them what they were getting.

Donald Trump’s response when Cohen told him what he accomplished? ‘Fantastic,’ Cohen testified. It made him feel ‘like I was on top of the world,’ at a company that he described as like ‘a big family.’

Years later, it would be Cohen’s turn to feel what it was like to feel stiffed, even after helping guide Trump to the White House. His annual bonus came in at two-thirds of what it had been before.

‘I was truly insulted, personally hurt by it,’ Cohen told prosecutor Susan Hoffinger. He told her he was ‘truly pissed off and angry’ and that ‘I used quite a few expletives.’

When Donald Trump sat down with his lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to discuss his plans to run for president in 2016 he had a simple warning.

‘You know that when this comes out, meaning the announcement, just be prepared, there’s going to be a lot of women coming forward,’ is how Cohen remembered the conversation.

During more than five hours of riveting testimony on Monday, Cohen described the extraordinary lengths he went to in keeping their stories out of the headlines.

He worked his contacts in the media, set up front companies and received invoices from businesses with meaningless names like ‘Investor Advisory Services.’

And in so doing the prosecution’s star witness added the one link missing from the past three weeks of evidence: He told the court that Trump told him to do it.

Welcome to coverage of the second day of Michael Cohen’s testimony

Michael Cohen will return to the stand on Tuesday morning to deliver more testimony against his old boss, Donald Trump.

The fixer and lawyer, who was convicted over the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and lying to Congress, is set to face grueling questioning from the former president’s lawyers.

Cohen also described working at ‘the direction of and for the benefit’ of the presumptive Republican nominee.

Michael Cohen is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger before Justice Juan Merchan as former U.S. President Donald Trump watches, during Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 13, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg