June 12, 2024

Full Transcript: Michael Cohen Testifies on Trump’s Alleged Directives and Campaign Actions

Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen

In a gripping courtroom testimony, Michael Cohen, former personal attorney and fixer for Donald Trump, laid bare a series of explosive revelations about the alleged inner workings of Trump’s business and presidential campaign. Over the course of his detailed account, Cohen described his role in handling sensitive and sometimes illicit matters for Trump, including negotiating payments to suppress damaging stories and threatening legal action to protect Trump’s interests. As he recounted instances of lying and intimidation under Trump’s directive, Cohen’s testimony provided a rare glimpse into the alleged misconduct that has surrounded Trump’s career and 2016 presidential run.

Proceedings

THE CLERK: Calling People of the State of New York versus Donald J. Trump. Indictment 71543/23. Appearances, starting with the People.

MR. STEINGLASS: For the People, ADAS Joshua Steinglass, Susan Hoffinger, Matthew Colangelo, Becky Mangold, Christopher Conroy, and Katherine Ellis. Good morning.

MR. BLANCHE: Good morning. Todd Blanche. I’m joined by Emil Bove, Susan Necheles, Kendra Wharton, and President Donald Trump sitting to my right.

THE COURT: Good morning, everyone. Good morning, Mr. Trump. Before we get started with the first witness, is there anything you would like to bring to my attention?

SUSAN HOFFINGER: No, your Honor.

THE COURT: I did receive the People’s list of proposed jury charges. I glanced at them. I didn’t have an opportunity to really digest them. I did want to address the Separation Agreement in general, the Release issue that came up late on Friday. I had the opportunity to review it. It would come in as a business record, but I’m not going to allow it in. It seems to me that this would be used to justify an explanation for why somebody is not here. It doesn’t prove any element of the offense. It doesn’t move the ball in any way in satisfying your burden of proof. So, I’m going to deny your application. Can I hold onto this one?

(Joshua Steinglass nods yes.)

THE COURT: If there’s nothing else? Let’s get the jury, please.

COURT OFFICER: All rise.

Jury entering.

(Whereupon, the jurors and the alternate jurors are present and properly seated.)

THE CLERK: Do both parties stipulate that all jurors are present and properly seated?

JOSHUA STEINGLASS: Yes.

TODD BLANCHE: Yes.

THE COURT: Good morning, jurors. Welcome back. People, your next witness, please.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Thank you, your Honor. The People call Michael Cohen.

COURT OFFICER: Witness entering.

(Whereupon, the witness takes the witness stand.)

MICHAEL COHEN, having first been duly sworn and/or affirmed by the court clerk, was examined and testified as follows:

COURT OFFICER: State your full name, spelling your last name.

MICHAEL COHEN: Michael Dean Cohen. C-O-H-E-N.

COURT OFFICER: Your county of residence.

MICHAEL COHEN: New York, New York.

THE COURT: Good morning, Mr. Cohen.

MICHAEL COHEN: Good morning.

THE COURT: You may inquire.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Thank you, Judge.

DIRECT EXAMINATION

BY SUSAN HOFFINGER:

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Good morning.

MICHAEL COHEN: Good morning.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: If I might ask, how old are you, Mr. Cohen?

MICHAEL COHEN: Fifty-seven.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you married?

MICHAEL COHEN: I am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How long have you been married?

MICHAEL COHEN: Going on 30 years.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you have any children?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How old are your children?

MICHAEL COHEN: My daughter is 28. My son is 25. Well, 24. He’ll be 25.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you testifying here today pursuant to a subpoena?

MICHAEL COHEN: I am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you have an attorney here in court with you today?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Mr. Cohen, if you could tell the jury a little about where you grew up and your childhood education.

MICHAEL COHEN: I grew up in Lawrence, Long Island. It’s part of the Five Towns in Nassau County. My father is a Holocaust survivor, who ended up emigrating to Toronto, Canada, where he went to medical school; came to the United States in the mid-Sixties to teach head and neck reconstructive surgery; met my mom, who is a surgical nurse. Four children later, here I am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Where did you go to college?

MICHAEL COHEN: I went to the American University in Washington, D.C.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did you study in college?

MICHAEL COHEN: Law and Government.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: After college, what did you do?

MICHAEL COHEN: I went straight to law school.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury a little bit about why you wanted to be a lawyer.

MICHAEL COHEN: Actually, I didn’t want to be a lawyer. My grandmother wanted me to be a lawyer. My family is comprised of doctors and lawyers. My three siblings are lawyers. My father, my uncles are either doctors or lawyers. The lawyers are married to doctors. I wanted to go to Wall Street. My grandmother was like, “That’s not going to happen.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, you went to law school?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you graduate from law school?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were you admitted to practice law?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you remember what year that was?

MICHAEL COHEN: 1991.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: After law school, where did you move?

MICHAEL COHEN: I was living at my parents’ home and, ultimately, moved to Manhattan.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Has New York City been your home since that time?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Where did you start your legal career?

MICHAEL COHEN: I started over at 225 Broadway with a firm called Estrin and Associates. It was a personal injury, medical malpractice, tort litigation firm.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: In addition to practicing law, at some point in the 1990s, did you also buy part of a business in taxi medallions?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Explain why you did that.

MICHAEL COHEN: So, one of my clients was leaving the country to move to Israel, and it gave me the opportunity to buy 50 percent interest in a company called Manhattan Maintenance. That was 1995. And so, I did. I thought it was, and it turned out to be at that time, a very good investment.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also invest in some real estate along the years?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: I started purchasing new developments, specifically in Trump properties. My very first one, in the year 2000, was at Trump World Tower. I also bought on 60th Street, 431 — I’m sorry. It was called Bridge Tower on 60th Street. Ultimately, down the road, I ended up going into business with a friend of mine who had grown up with me, and we started purchasing buildings.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time when you became a partner in a law firm called Phillips, Nizer?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What kind of work did you do there?

MICHAEL COHEN: I was, basically, doing business and corporate law.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time when you left Phillips, Nizer?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Approximately, what year was that?

MICHAEL COHEN: 2007.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you leave Phillips, Nizer?

MICHAEL COHEN: I left because I was offered an opportunity by Mr. Trump to come work at The Trump Organization as his Special Counsel.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you see Mr. Trump in court today?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Could you just indicate an article of clothing that he’s wearing, please?

MICHAEL COHEN: (Lifts up from his seat.) He’s wearing a blue and white tie. (Takes his seat.)

THE COURT: Indicating Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Thank you.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us how you came to work for Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization.

MICHAEL COHEN: Initially, I was introduced to Mr. Trump by Don, Junior, as I was moving into one of his properties. I had purchased several units, and Don, Junior and The Trump Organization was doing the construction to put the units together. There was an issue over at Trump World Tower that Mr. Trump had asked me because not only did I own an apartment there, but my parents did, my in-laws, my friends. We all bought as a block, going back, again, to the year 2000. And, there was an issue with the Board. What we did is we ended up overtaking the Board and resolving the issue, which was to Mr. Trump’s satisfaction. He liked the way that that occurred, and then continued to ask me if I would assist in other issues, legal issues or other matters that he had.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you perform some additional legal work for him at that time?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did he pay you for that work?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time where you this was when you were still at Phillips, Nizer?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time when you presented him with a bill in connection with some work you had done in connection with one of his properties?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: I was asked to review a series of documents that dealt with Trump Entertainment Resorts. There was an issue going on there in regard to a Chapter 11 reorganization plan. We, ultimately, ended up resolving it. And the bill was, approximately, about a hundred thousand dollars. I was then asked to meet Mr. Trump at the office, which I did. And I asked about the bill. He asked me whether or not I was happy at my “sleepy old firm”. I stated I was. Um, he said, “Do you want to come work for me?” And I was honored. I was taken by surprise. And I agreed.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What happened — to go back for a moment to the bill for a hundred thousand dollars that you presented from Phillip Nizer, your firm?

MICHAEL COHEN: Correct.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What happened with that bill?

MICHAEL COHEN: He asked me if I wanted to get fired on the first day. If I asked about the bill. So, did the bill get paid?

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And, you say he offered you a position at that point?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about your discussion about the position that he was offering and the details of it.

MICHAEL COHEN: So, he offered me the position of Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, whereby I would only answer to him, and I would work on issues that were of concern to him.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you discuss at that point what your salary would be?

MICHAEL COHEN: We did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: It was a little bit of a back and forth negotiation. He offered me an amount. I said, “It’s probably not gonna work.” I gave him a counter. And we ended up resolving on somewhere in the middle number.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Where did you end up — what’s the number that you sort of ended up at?

MICHAEL COHEN: 375.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was that your base salary, bonuses?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s base salary. Bonus, of course, was to be discussed.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, did you decide at that point to leave your law firm, Phillip, Nizer, and to work for Donald Trump at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: I never went back, not even that day. He sent over some employees to my office to pack up my office and gave me Ivanka Trump’s old office on 26, the 26th floor.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Is that near his office on the 26th floor?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are we talking about Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Where The Trump Organization offices were?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Approximately, how many years did you end up working at The Trump Organization as Mr. Trump’s Special Counsel — is that what you said?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How long?

MICHAEL COHEN: Ten years.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: 2007 to approximately when?

MICHAEL COHEN: January of 2017.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How old were you when you first started working at The Trump Organization for Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Huh. Huh. If you recall.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were you still in your thirties?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And was — I think you mentioned before; but, when you started, what was your title?

MICHAEL COHEN: Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And just in terms of your salary and your bonus, approximately all in, how much were you making at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: 525,000.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did that change over the years or did it, largely, stay the same?

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, it changed. Initially, after the second year, he cut my salary. Ultimately gave it back, two years after that. But it stayed the same.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury a little bit about what kind of matters you handled for Donald Trump at The Trump Organization during that ten years.

MICHAEL COHEN: It was whatever concerned him, whatever he wanted. Um, initially, when I first started working at The Trump Organization, I was presented with an opportunity, and I brought it to Mr. Trump immediately. We liked it. It was in New Jersey. It was called the EnCap Golf Redevelopment Project. It was a 1,000-acre landfill remediation project. And this was all very exciting to me because it was all new, and I enjoyed the challenge.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And, along with two other colleagues, we started to get this project up and running. It, ultimately, didn’t come to fruition because the funding got pulled by Governor Corzine in New Jersey at the time. But, it was an exciting project.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, this is one of the projects that you handled for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Who did you report to at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were you at any time part of the General Counsel’s Office at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And why not?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s not the discussion in terms of when I elected to take the position.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: It was always reporting directly to Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Just to Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, in the course of your work for Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization, did he ever ask you to renegotiate bills for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury, give us some examples of your renegotiating bills and what you did.

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, for example, a law firm would send an invoice. He didn’t believe that the invoice was fair, reasonable, justified. And so, he would give me the task of renegotiating a specific bill.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you ever renegotiate bills from other types of vendors?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: For example, regarding Trump University?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: So, Trump University fell into trouble, and there were approximately 50 vendors that had not been paid. There was a sum certain that was in the bank at the time. Approximately $2 million. Unfortunately, the bills far exceeded that $2 million. But, Trump was not going to fund the balance. And so, what I did is I put them onto a spreadsheet, a handwritten spreadsheet, divided it by the $2 million, and came up with basically 20 percent of everyone’s invoice. I contacted each and every one of the vendors; and all but two accepted, ultimately, the 20 percent. We had Releases drafted. And upon the receipt of the Release, within 48 hours, we had checks sent to them by FedEx.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, did Mr. Trump ask you to renegotiate all those bills regarding Trump University?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And you said “all but two”. What happened with the other two vendors?

MICHAEL COHEN: They just went away.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: You mean did you pay them?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, once you accomplished that task for Mr. Trump of renegotiating all those bills with the Trump University, did you report back to him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. But not in its totality. Each and every Release was separate. I would go straight into Mr. Trump’s office, and I would advise him of the task being accomplished.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: For two reasons. The first was so that he knew I was on it and I was doing what he had asked. And the second was, really, to obtain credit so that he understood that, again, I was accomplishing what he wanted.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you have a memory of advising him about accomplishing that task of reducing the payments to vendors and his reaction? Do you have a memory of that?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What do you remember him saying when you told him you accomplished that task?

MICHAEL COHEN: “It’s fantastic. It’s great.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How did that make you feel?

MICHAEL COHEN: Like I was on top of the world.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you renegotiate other bills for Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization, besides the ones that you just mentioned?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: From your experience over the ten years working at The Trump Organization, are you aware whether Mr. Trump directed other employees or executives to negotiate bills, not to take the first bill, but to negotiate them down?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Let me ask you a question, Mr. Cohen. During the years that you worked for Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization, did you threaten, at times, to sue people or companies during those years?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And explain why you did that.

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, it would depend on what the issue was. We had an issue, for example, with a Miss USA Pageant contestant, who Mr. Trump was being defamed, the Miss Universe Organization, so he brought an arbitration against her. That matter, ultimately, got resolved. If with the press, as an example, that if they said something that angered him, I would reach out to the press, and I would express to them their need to either redact or take the article down or we would file an action against them.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you do that in a strong and threatening manner at times?

MICHAEL COHEN: I would say so. Not all the time. But, often.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, you mentioned a bit about this. During your time working for Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization, did you also work on some personal matters for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you just give us a brief example of some of that?

MICHAEL COHEN: So, one instance, his limousine was hit by a yellow cab. And, knowing that I had deep roots into the yellow cab industry, he asked me to meet with the driver, who provided me with the Police Report, and to have them pay for the repair on the vehicle.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you ever do some personal work for regarding his residence or his family, for example?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: In his apartment, they had a flood that ended up causing damage into the main-floor bathroom. They had al fresco on top. And I handled the adjustment with the insurance company.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And these are all matters that Mr. Trump asked you to handle for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also, as part of your work and I think you mentioned this interact frequently with the press for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: Again, if it was in order to place a story that would be advantageous in some way, shape or form, I would speak with them. If there was an article that caused him displeasure, I would speak with them about that, as well.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, did you work with the press to try to minimize negative stories and sort of enhance positive stories about Mr. Trump and his business?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was that a good part of your work for him, interacting with the press for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: It was a portion of it, yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, you mentioned that you worked at Trump Tower at the Offices of The Trump Organization; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s correct.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: During the time that you worked there, where, approximately, was your office in relation to Mr. Trump’s office?

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, initially, when I started, it was towards the back of the office that was Ivanka’s old office, until, ultimately, I moved to a different office that was maybe 50 feet, 60 feet from his office.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: During the time you worked there for Mr. Trump, approximately how often would you say you met with him or spoke with him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Every single day and multiple times per day.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And now we’re talking about in the period before he ran for President in 2016; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, at the time again, we’re talking about pre-2016. But, in general, explain how you communicated with him.

MICHAEL COHEN: Generally, it was either in person, on the cell phone, or on the cell phone. Those are really those are the two ways.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Understood. Did you have all of his cell phone and other telephone numbers in your contacts in your phone at the time?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And you used all those variety of numbers as a way to contact him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When he called you, did he, generally, call you on your cell phone or your work phone at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, it was a combination of both. Most of the time, it would be on my cell phone. Unless it was in the office, he would have one of his assistants ring me and ask me just to come to Mr. Trump’s office.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you ever contact Mr. Trump by contacting somebody else in order to get in contact with him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Who did you contact at various times to reach him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Many people. It depends, also, who he was with at the time. It could be Rhona, his Executive Assistant. Ultimately, Keith Schiller, who was his personal attaché. It could be one of the Trump children. It could be Hope Hicks. It was any number of people.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And you had, for example, Keith Schiller’s number in your contacts, as well; right?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And Hope Hicks’ number in your contacts, as well; and you used those numbers in your contacts to make those calls; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: As far as you know, did Mr. Trump use email to do his work?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Mr. Trump never had an email address.

MICHAEL COHEN: Did he ever comment to you about folks who from time to time get into trouble using email?

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Yes.

MICHAEL COHEN: Can you tell us about that?

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Yes. During certain conversations, he would comment that emails are like written papers, it’s — he knows too many people who have gone down as a direct result of having emails that prosecutors can use in a case.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When you say “going down”, do you mean getting in some sort of trouble?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When you met him in person, you said — where did you, generally, meet him?

MICHAEL COHEN: In his office.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What times of day, generally, in his office?

MICHAEL COHEN: All throughout the day.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were they sometimes early in the morning?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Sometimes later, towards the end of the day or even early evening?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When you met him at the office, did you, generally, meet in his office?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you need to make an appointment to go see him in his office?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you explain, was there what kind of a policy was there at The Trump Organization about executives coming in to meet with Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Mr. Trump had an open-door policy, which, if there was somebody in there, you waited; and if not, you knocked on the door, and I would say, “Boss, do you have a second?”, and I would walk right in.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And others did the same, to your knowledge?

MICHAEL COHEN: To my knowledge, yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, when you met with Mr. Trump at The Trump Organization, in his office, did you, generally, need to record those meetings in your calendar?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: As part of your work at The Trump Organization, did you feel that it was part of your job to keep him updated on matters that you were handling for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. It was actually required.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us what you mean by that.

MICHAEL COHEN: When he would task you with something, he would then say, “Keep me informed. Let me know what’s going on.” And what he was saying, what everybody did is, as soon as you had a result, an answer, you would go straight back and tell him. Especially if it was a matter that was troubling to him.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, two things, just to break that down.

MICHAEL COHEN: You said “everybody”. Do you mean you’re aware of other executives who

MICHAEL COHEN: I apologize. Yes. Other executives.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, they would report back to him, as well?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: But, you felt it was part of your job, and what he wanted from you, to promptly report to him when you were handling a matter for him about the progress and whether it was resolved?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. And that’s what I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have a sense or did you learn from your experiences with him that if you didn’t keep him updated or things didn’t go well that you were working on, that that would create an issue for Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you explain that just a little bit?

MICHAEL COHEN: If you didn’t immediately provide him with the information and he learned of it in another manner, that wouldn’t go over well for you.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: To the extent that you discussed the requirement to report frequently to Mr. Trump, was it your sense, based on working with him, that he was a micromanager about the work of his organization and of which he was concerned?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have a way of referring to Mr. Trump when you worked for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What was that?

MICHAEL COHEN: I would call him “Boss”, “Mr. Trump”.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And in working for him for ten years, all the variety of the types of work that you did for him, what was it like for you? How did you feel about working at The Trump Organization during those years?

MICHAEL COHEN: It was fantastic. It was (pause) — an amazing experience in many, many ways. There were great times. There were several less than great times. But, for the most part, I enjoyed the responsibilities that were given to me. I enjoyed working with my colleagues at The Trump Organization, the Trump children. It was a big family.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: During the years that you worked for him at The Trump Organization, did you at times lie for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: Because it’s what was needed in order to accomplish a task.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was there also a sense — did you feel a sense of obligation towards him, as well?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you at times during your work for The Trump Organization, bully people for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: Again, in order to accomplish the task. The only thing that was on my mind was to accomplish the task to make him happy.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, over the years that you worked for him, did he reward you with some additional titles?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What — tell us just a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, he placed me on the Board of the Miss Universe Organization. There were three members: Mr. Trump, Allen Weisselberg and myself. Years later, myself and another colleague were made Co-Presidents of Trump Productions. I sat on the Board of four, five different Trump properties as Treasurer.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Those were some of the additional titles that he rewarded you with?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you aware that in connection with your work for him, some people described you as his “fixer”?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. Some have described me as that.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: From your perspective, is that in some ways an accurate title, an accurate moniker?

MICHAEL COHEN: It’s fair.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: I just want to ask you some questions about your telephone numbers, and I’m going to ask you only about the last four digits of some of those numbers. During the period of 2015 to 2017, when you were working at The Trump Organization, did you use a cell phone number ending in 6866?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also use a cell phone number ending in 0114?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you continue to use those two numbers for a period of time after you left The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you still continue to this day to use the cell phone number ending 0114?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, during the time you worked at The Trump Organization for Mr. Trump, you also had a landline work number; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s correct.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was that 212-836-3212?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Obviously, you no longer use that number?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: After you left The Trump Organization, did you also have a number associated with a law firm in New York?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was that 212-872-9849?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Obviously, you don’t still use that number?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: In connection with the investigation of this case, did our Office ask you to provide two cell phones that you had used for a period of time up until April of 2018?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you agree to provide those two cell phones to us that you had previously used with the two numbers cell–

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you provide those phones to us in January of 2023?

MICHAEL COHEN: Sounds correct. Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And was that pursuant to our request that you turned those over to us?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. Merely the request.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you consent to do that voluntarily?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, you keep contacts on your phones; there were contacts that were kept on those phones; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s correct.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What kind of information, just generally, was in your contacts on those phones?

MICHAEL COHEN: Names, email addresses, potential addresses, cell phone numbers, home numbers, fax numbers.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were there also, sometimes, other information associated with folks whose contacts you had in there?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you keep anybody else’s contacts in your phone, as well?

MICHAEL COHEN: Personal ones, yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: In other words, however what I’m asking about is not just your contacts, of your contacts and the folks that you know; but, did you also, at some point, include or sync with your contacts somebody else’s contacts?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: Actually, I didn’t do it. It was done by the IT people. I was spending a significant amount of time with Mr. Trump; and we ultimately decided — he agreed — to have his contact numbers synced to my cell number, to my account as well. That way, if we needed to travel, if he needed to get somebody on the phone, he would just say, “Michael, get me so and so on the line,” and I would have them in my cell phone.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: As a result of this syncing process, did your personal contacts also end up in his phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: I’m not certain about that.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: You’re not certain. Just his contacts in your phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you remember, approximately, when you synced or someone else synced his contacts into your phone, if you know?

MICHAEL COHEN: I don’t. I don’t.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: As a result of having both your contacts and Mr. Trump’s contacts in your phone, did you have over 30,000 contacts in your phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: During the time you worked at The Trump Organization for Mr. Trump, was your email address mcohen@trumporg.com?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, it was.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: After you left The Trump Organization, during the years of 2017 and 2018, did you also use another email address, mcohen@mdpc.com?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: You no longer have that email address; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s correct.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also use a personal Gmail address that you still currently use?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Mr. Cohen, do you know someone named David Pecker?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Who is he, and how do you know him?

MICHAEL COHEN: I knew David Pecker before I even knew Mr. Trump. We had mutual friends, and we had met at a function at out in Long Island. Many, many years ago. I then was re-acquainted with David Pecker, who is the President, CEO of AMI. Most people know him more from his magazines and his newspapers: National Enquirer, Star, Okay! and Men’s Health, et cetera.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When you did you, from time to time, speak to Mr. Pecker even before he came before you started at The Trump Organization?

MICHAEL COHEN: Not regularly, no.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Once you were at The Trump Organization and introduced to him again by Mr. Trump, did you speak to him from time to time?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When you spoke to him, did you speak to him by phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have his cell phone and work numbers in your phone contacts?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you use those contacts to speak with him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: At times, did you also speak with Mr. Pecker using an encrypted application called Signal?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, depending upon the matter, sometimes we thought that encryption, not having the event traceable would be beneficial.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was it because it was something you wanted to keep confidential and didn’t want anybody to be able to trace it or look into those communications?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you also, at times, communicate with Mr. Pecker by email?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And you had his email address, as well, in your contacts; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, did you speak with Mr. Pecker at The Trump Organization about matters having to do with Mr. Trump prior to June of 2015?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, but rarely.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And was it what sort of matters were the few matters that you spoke to him about, if you can remember, prior to 2015?

MICHAEL COHEN: There was some things that had come up. For example, Mr. Trump had donated money to a charity. It was Harlem for Hoops. We had come into information that they had no funding, and I brought it to Mr. Trump’s attention. He said, “Yes, we wanted to get the story out.” So, it would be things like that.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: To try to get a nice — a good story out about him?

MICHAEL COHEN: A good story, yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And — to your knowledge, prior to 2015, when Mr. Trump announced that he was running for the Presidency, did you know whether Mr. Pecker or AMI ever paid for public stories to prevent them from becoming public?

MICHAEL COHEN: There were stories. I apologize. My question is quite wrong. Prior to Mr. Trump announcing his run for the Presidency, are you aware of AMI ever paying to suppress stories?

MICHAEL COHEN: No, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Would you say you had a good relationship with Mr. Pecker?

MICHAEL COHEN: I would, yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you know someone named Dylan Howard?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Who was Dylan Howard?

MICHAEL COHEN: Dylan Howard was an employee over at AMI.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What was your understanding about what his role was at AMI, if you knew?

MICHAEL COHEN: He worked for Mr. Pecker to the same extent that I worked for Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you speak with Mr. Howard in person or, generally, by phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: I spoke to everybody in three different manners: by phone, by email, and in person.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have Mr. Dylan’s [sic] phone numbers and contacts in your contacts in your phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you use those numbers to contact him?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, at times, did you also communicate with Mr. Howard using that encrypted application, Signal?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And why did you choose to do that with your communications with Mr. Howard?

MICHAEL COHEN: For the same reason. It was a sensitive matter that we wanted to keep private.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also communicate by text with Mr. Howard?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And sometimes by email?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Again, using your contacts that you had in your phone?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time, in 2011, that Mr. Trump was exploring a run for the Presidency?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you tell us a little bit about that?

MICHAEL COHEN: So, in 2011, I had come across, while reading the paper, a poll that stated 6 percent of all the people who had taken the poll thought Mr. Trump should be President of the United States of America. And so, I took that article, and I brought it to Mr. Trump. And I said, “What do you think?” He said, “It’s interesting. We should look into it.” And did he look into it in some degree in 2011? He did. Do you recall whether he spoke publicly in 2011 about exploring a run for the Presidency? He did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: That was posts I had created for him, my own website called shouldtrumprun.com. And many people came to that website. And it was further proof that his name recognition, his popularity, especially because of the hit show The Apprentice, was so strong.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And just to go back to the question, do you remember giving some public speech him giving public speeches about his considering a run for the Presidency in 2011?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were those, if you recall, covered in the news?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did he, ultimately, decide to run for the Presidency in 2011?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What was your understanding why he decided not to run?

MICHAEL COHEN: There were several large real estate projects he acquired, as well as another season of The Apprentice. And, as Mr. Trump told me, “You don’t leave Hollywood. Hollywood leaves you.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: So, he decided to stay and do that work instead?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did there come a time, then, in June of 2015, when Mr. Trump announced that he was running for President?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And how did he make that announcement, if you recall?

MICHAEL COHEN: It was at The Atrium at Trump Tower. He came down the stairs to the lowest level. And we had set up a podium. He made the announcement and a speech.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, at the time, in June of 2015, were you an official paid member of Mr. Trump’s campaign or any time?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Nevertheless, did you assist Mr. Trump in his campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: So, just some colorfulness. In 2011, when Mr. Trump decided not to run, he actually promised me that he was going to do it in the next election cycle. And for years thereafter, we would talk about him running in 2015. At the very beginning, when he ultimately said, “I’m doing it,” there was a lot of back and forth about which date the announcement should be. A very small group of people were attached to the campaign when it first launched.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have some discussions directly with Mr. Trump about what your role might be in terms of assisting with his campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: I wasn’t going to be part of it. I was just going to be a surrogate.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Explain what you mean by “surrogate”.

MICHAEL COHEN: Sure. “Surrogate” was someone who speaks on behalf of the candidate and defends him in the press. Speaks to the press, provides color, but not as a member of the campaign, but, rather, as an outside person. So, again, as to give the appearance that it’s unbiased.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And that’s the role that you performed for him and for the campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you make public appearances for him and for his campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell us a little bit about that. What kind of public appearances?

MICHAEL COHEN: I would make public appearances on television, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, whoever, CBS. I would frequently provide comment to press regarding different matters that kept popping up.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you leverage your press contacts in that way, from Mr. Trump’s campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Your relationships?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you also develop some relationships with some key people on behalf of the campaign who put together some kind of committees or groups for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury a little bit about that.

MICHAEL COHEN: So, while watching the rallies, I had gone to Mr. Trump, and I said, “One of the things that I notice is that it’s very white. And we really need diversity. If you’re going to win, you’re going to need diversity.” And so, I started a group called National Diversity Coalition for Trump, along with Pastor Carol Scott, an Evangelical Pastor from Cleveland, Ohio.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And you did that for his campaign; is that right?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have other important contacts in the Christian Evangelical community that you sort of worked with for Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you have a campaign email address, by the way?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. I was given a campaign email address.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Around the time that the campaign began, did Mr. Trump express to you any concern about negative stories about his personal life that might affect his candidacy?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What, generally, what did he say, in substance?

MICHAEL COHEN: You know, that, “When this comes out,” meaning the announcement, “just be prepared. There’s going to be a lot of women coming forward.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, turning back to his announcement of running for the Presidency in June of 2015, did you invite David Pecker to attend that announcement?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you invite other people, as well?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, sometime after the announcement in June, in about August of 2015, did you and Mr. Trump meet with David Pecker at Trump Tower to discuss what AMI could do for the campaign?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Where exactly did the three of you meet?

MICHAEL COHEN: Mr. Trump’s office on the 26th floor.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Could you tell the jury, please, what was discussed and what was agreed to at that meeting?

MICHAEL COHEN: What was discussed was the power of the National Enquirer in terms of being located at the cash register of so many supermarkets and bodegas; that if we can place positive stories about Mr. Trump, that would be beneficial; that if we could place negative stories about some of the other candidates, that would also be beneficial.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was there anything else that Mr. Pecker said he could also do for Mr. Trump’s candidacy?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yeah.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What, in substance, did he say?

MICHAEL COHEN: What he said was that he could keep an eye out for anything negative about Mr. Trump, and that he would be able to help us to know in advance what was coming out and try to stop it from coming out.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And who did he say he would get in touch with if his he was able to identify those types of stories?

MICHAEL COHEN: The answer was: Me. Mr. Trump also. Knowing my relationship with David, “The two of you should work together. And anything negative that comes, you let Michael know, and we’ll handle it.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, during subsequent to that meeting, during the campaign, did AMI run stories that were positive for Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did they run stories that were negative on Mr. Trump’s opponents?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you describe just a few that you recall that they ran, specifically to benefit Mr. Trump, some stories that were either negative on his opponents or positive for him?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am. So, some of the negative ones that I would receive from David or from Dylan Howard was Hillary Clinton wearing very thick glasses and some allegations that she had some brain injury. There was Ted Cruz, a photo of his father with Lee Harvey Oswald, claiming that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK. There was an article on Marco Rubio in a swimming pool with a bunch of other men, claiming that they were having a drug binge of some sort.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did AMI sometimes send over the covers of some of these stories to you before they ran them?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what did you do with that material when they sent it over to you?

MICHAEL COHEN: Immediately showed it to Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: For what purpose did you show it to Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: So that he knew that David was loyal, was on board, was doing everything that he said he was going to do in that August meeting and was actually doing it.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you recall, from time to time, when you showed Mr. Trump some of those stories, what his reactions were — in general, his reactions?

MICHAEL COHEN: “That’s fantastic. That’s unbelievable.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, did AMI ever actually seek your input into the types of stories or the content of some of the stories that they were going to run?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can we show, please, People’s Exhibit 166, which is in evidence.

(Whereupon, an exhibit is shown on the screens.)

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you able to read that, Mr. Cohen?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you recognize, generally, this email?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you just tell the jury a little bit about what this email was?

MICHAEL COHEN: This is an email from me, Trump Org, on January 6, 2016, to Barry Levine and cc’d to Dylan Howard.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Barry Levine was an employee, as well, at AMI?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did Barry Levine send you something in this email?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did he send you?

MICHAEL COHEN: He sent to me an email that says: “Michael: Greetings and happy new year. As our readers can’t get enough of Mr. Trump, we are repackaging and repurposing past material from our files and adding additional material of course also of a positive nature.” Then goes on. There’s a series of bullet points. “Donald has quietly given away”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can we blow up the top email to Barry Levine? And you copied Dylan Howard on it. Read your response.

MICHAEL COHEN: I stated: “Yes. Take out the part of the Penthouse pet Sandra as it offers nothing. Also, I would like to reword the part about Atlantic City. Let’s speak tomorrow.”

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SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you ask AMI to remove the Penthouse pet reference?

MICHAEL COHEN: I thought it would be negative to Mr. Trump as, again, it dealt with women and Penthouse.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did AMI agree to make the edits that you suggested?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What is the title of the story?

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can you just scroll down just a little bit. Thank you so much. The title of that story — can you see what the title of that story was going to be? Was it: “The Trump that Nobody Knows”?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes. It was going to go under the headline “The Donald Trump Nobody Knows.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And, I’m sorry, would you say again what the date of this email was?

MICHAEL COHEN: January 6th of 2016.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Okay.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And can we now take that down and show, please, People’s 168, which is also in evidence.

(Whereupon, an exhibit is shown on the screens.)

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Do you recognize this exhibit?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Tell the jury what this email is about.

MICHAEL COHEN: This is an email from Dylan Howard to me, dated January 30th, 2016.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And, again, you knew Dylan Howard from your work for Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what does he say in this email to you, if you could read it for the jury?

MICHAEL COHEN: Sure. He says: “Michael: Per our call on Friday, here is the working cover that we discussed.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Can we scroll down and show the cover.

(Whereupon, an exhibit is shown on the screens.)

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And do you see the cover there?

MICHAEL COHEN: I do.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What does it say?

MICHAEL COHEN: It says: “Trump to save America.”

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what is the purpose of sending you this cover?

MICHAEL COHEN: They wanted to know my opinion on it before they went to press.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you respond to that?

MICHAEL COHEN: I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did you say?

MICHAEL COHEN: I told him it was great, fantastic.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And this was January 30th of 2016?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Okay. Now, besides positive stories that AMI was running about Mr. Trump during the campaign, did you also have conversations with David Pecker and/or Dylan Howard about suppressing negative stories?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Let’s focus on two stories in particular. Do you recall meeting with David Pecker in early October 2016 about a story relating to Karen McDougal?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And where did that meeting take place?

MICHAEL COHEN: It took place at Trump Tower.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And can you tell the jury who Karen McDougal is?

MICHAEL COHEN: Karen McDougal is a Playboy model who was alleged to have had an affair with Mr. Trump ten years earlier.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what happened at that meeting with Mr. Pecker?

MICHAEL COHEN: So, it was myself, Allen Weisselberg, David Pecker and Mr. Trump.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what did you discuss?

MICHAEL COHEN: Well, David Pecker had come to the office to advise Mr. Trump that AMI had purchased the life rights to the Karen McDougal story for $150,000.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And why did AMI do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: For the purpose of catching and killing the story.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what did Mr. Trump say in response to that information?

MICHAEL COHEN: He thanked David. They discussed the arrangement.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What do you mean by “the arrangement”?

MICHAEL COHEN: David agreed to catch and kill the story, to not run the story.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And did you agree to pay David Pecker or AMI back for the $150,000?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Was there any discussion about repayment?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, around this same time period, in early October of 2016, were you also working on a different story, a payment to suppress a different story about a woman named Stephanie Clifford?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Who is Stephanie Clifford?

MICHAEL COHEN: Stephanie Clifford is an adult film actress who goes by the name of Stormy Daniels.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What was her allegation against Mr. Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: That she had an affair with him in 2006.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did you do in October 2016 in connection with that story?

MICHAEL COHEN: I received a phone call from Dylan Howard stating that Keith Davidson, her attorney, had contacted him regarding her story and that they wanted money in order to suppress the story.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And what did you do?

MICHAEL COHEN: I spoke with Mr. Trump, who directed me to speak with Allen Weisselberg about how to arrange for the payment.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What happened next?

MICHAEL COHEN: Allen and I met in his office, and we discussed how to make the payment.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you ultimately make a payment to Stephanie Clifford or her attorney?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, I did.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How much was the payment for?

MICHAEL COHEN: $130,000.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And how did you make that payment?

MICHAEL COHEN: Via wire transfer from my home equity line of credit.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you use your own money to make that payment?

MICHAEL COHEN: Because the campaign was going on, and I was worried about the impact that the story might have on the campaign.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you expect to be reimbursed for that payment?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were you reimbursed?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, I was.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How were you reimbursed?

MICHAEL COHEN: In 2017, Mr. Trump and Mr. Weisselberg arranged for me to be paid back through The Trump Organization.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How was that done?

MICHAEL COHEN: They spread the payments out over twelve months, so it appeared as a retainer agreement.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were you actually performing legal services for Mr. Trump or The Trump Organization during that time?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you receive checks for those payments?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you receive any other reimbursement?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Were those payments for the specific purpose of reimbursing you for the $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes, ma’am.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Now, did Mr. Trump ever tell you to lie about those payments?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did he tell you to say?

MICHAEL COHEN: He directed me to say that he was not aware of those payments, and that they did not come from campaign funds.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you follow his instructions?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you lie to the American people and to Congress about those payments?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why did you lie?

MICHAEL COHEN: To protect Mr. Trump and his campaign.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you ever think that you would get caught?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why not?

MICHAEL COHEN: Because Mr. Trump assured me that everything was going to be fine, and that nobody would find out.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: When did you first realize that you were in legal trouble?

MICHAEL COHEN: When I was subpoenaed by the Southern District of New York.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: And when was that?

MICHAEL COHEN: In April of 2018.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What did you do after receiving that subpoena?

MICHAEL COHEN: I cooperated with the investigation.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you plead guilty to any charges?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: What were those charges?

MICHAEL COHEN: Tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, and campaign finance violations.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Did you serve time in prison?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: How long were you in prison?

MICHAEL COHEN: Three years.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you currently on supervised release?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Why are you testifying here today?

MICHAEL COHEN: Because I want to tell the truth.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Have you received any promises or deals in exchange for your testimony?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Are you being paid for your testimony?

MICHAEL COHEN: No.

SUSAN HOFFINGER: Is there anything else you would like to say to the jury?

MICHAEL COHEN: I just want to apologize for my actions and take responsibility for what I’ve done.

Proceedings, May 14, 2024

SUPREME COURT CRIMINAL TERM NEW YORK COUNTY PART 59

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK -against- DONALD J. TRUMP, Defendant.

INDICTMENT #71543/2023 Falsifying Business Records First Degree

BEFORE: HONORABLE JUAN M. MERCHAN, JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

APPEARANCES:

FOR THE PEOPLE:

  • ALVIN L. BRAGG, JR., ESQ., New York County District Attorney
  • JOSHUA STEINGLASS, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney
  • MATTHEW COLANGELO, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney
  • SUSAN HOFFINGER, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney
  • CHRISTOPHER CONROY, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney
  • REBECCA MANGOLD, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney
  • KATHERINE ELLIS, ESQ., Assistant District Attorney

FOR THE DEFENDANT:

  • BLANCHE LAW
  • TODD BLANCHE, ESQ.
  • EMIL BOVE, ESQ.
  • KENDRA WHARTON, ESQ.
  • STEPHEN WEISS, ESQ.
  • NECHELES LAW, LLP
  • SUSAN NECHELES, ESQ.
  • GEDALIA STERN, ESQ.

Court Reporters:

  • Susan Pearce-Bates, RPR, CCR, RSA Principal Court Reporter
  • Laurie Eisenberg, RPR, CSR
  • Lisa Kramsky
  • Theresa Magniccari, Senior Court Reporters

Examination

Lisa Kramsky, Senior Court Reporter

Michael Cohen Direct Examination by Susan Hoffinger

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s 37K.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Let’s see if we can make it just a little bit bigger.

Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that invoice?

Michael Cohen: December 1, 2017. Invoice for Mr. Allen Weisselberg. Care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of December, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Thank you.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up now 37I.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can you read that invoice, please, for the jury?

Michael Cohen: Invoice is dated October 18th of 2017. Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of October, 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does that invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered during the month of October of 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: Yes, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please put up People’s Exhibit 28.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub in response to the false invoice that we just showed the jury, which was 37I?

Michael Cohen: I did.

Susan Hoffinger: And do you see whose signature is on the check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we pull up one of the check stubs?

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Could you read, please, for the jury what’s in the description box?

Michael Cohen: Yes. It states: “Retainer. October 1st through 10/31/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: Was this, in truth, a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up 37J.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Can we make it a little bit bigger. Thank you.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Michael Cohen, can you read that for the jury?

Michael Cohen: November 20th it should say 2017 it doesn’t.

Susan Hoffinger: Invoice. Mr. Allen Weisselberg, care of Donald J. Trump, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

“Dear Allen, pursuant to the Retainer Agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the month of November 2017. Thank you.”

Susan Hoffinger: And does this invoice falsely state that you are seeking payment for services rendered for the month of November, 2017 pursuant to the Retainer Agreement?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up People’s Exhibit 31.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Did you receive this check and an attached stub as payment of $35,000 in response to the false invoice that you sent, which we just reviewed, People’s Exhibit 37J?

Michael Cohen: It does.

Susan Hoffinger: Do you recognize the signature on that check?

Michael Cohen: I do.

Susan Hoffinger: Whose signature is it?

Michael Cohen: Donald J. Trump.

Susan Hoffinger: Can we please pull up one of the check stubs.

(Displayed)

Susan Hoffinger: Would you kindly read what’s in the description?

Michael Cohen: It states: “Retainer, 11/1 through 11/30/2017.”

Susan Hoffinger: In truth, was this check paid to you as a retainer for that month?

Michael Cohen: No, ma’am.

Susan Hoffinger: Was the description on the check stub, therefore, false?

Michael Cohen: Yes.

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