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Trump trial continues with testimony from Michael Cohen’s former banker

Trump’s New York Criminal Trial: Week One Recap


Recap of the first week of Trump’s criminal trial in New York

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The third week of former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York will begin Tuesday with continued testimony from its third witness, bank manager Gary Farro.

Farro testified last Friday that Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, was his client when Cohen transferred $130,000 in “hush money” to Stormy Daniels’ attorney days before the 2016 election.

Farro was working at First Republic Bank when Cohen was paying Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual relationship with Trump. Prosecutors say the arrangement was intended to protect Trump’s campaign and that Trump falsified records when paying off Cohen to hide the alleged scheme.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records in the case and has denied all allegations, including that he had an extramarital sexual relationship.

Farro testified Friday about Cohen’s “sense of urgency” on Oct. 26, 2016, when he opened a bank account for a new company registered in Delaware called Essential Consultants LLC.

The company was used to wire $130,000 to Daniels’ lawyer for the rights to her story, alleging that she and Trump had sex in 2006. The trial’s first witness, the former National Enquirer publisher , David Pecker, said Cohen and Trump were determined to suppress the story. because they believed it would hurt Trump’s chances of winning the presidency.

Another witness, former Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff, testified that she kept a list of Trump’s contacts, and that it included one titled “Stormy.”

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