Trump New York trial: Cohen gets animated after defense frames him as serial liar

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump, during his New York hush money trial on Thursday, challenged Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen over Cohen’s past lies in sworn testimony — casting the prosecution’s witness as a serial liar.

Trump lawyer Todd Blanche spent the better part of the 18th day of the trial working to paint a picture for the 12-member jury of Cohen as a proven liar who pleaded guilty to crimes associated with those lies and used his cooperation as part of those pleas to obtain a shorter prison sentence. Cohen was measured at first, but courtroom reporters noted that he began to get animated under cross-examination on Thursday.

Defense attorney Todd Blanche stands making the “swearing in” hand gesture when cross-examining Michael Cohen, as Donald Trump, left, looks on with Judge Juan Merchan presiding, Thursday, May
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