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Michael Cohen is back on the stand for a third day of questioning in Donald Trump’s bombshell criminal trial. 

Earlier this week, Cohen described his experience ‘knee deep in the cult of Trump’ as his fixer and lawyer, arranging the Stormy Daniels hush money payments, and being left for dead by a ‘douchebag dictator’ and ‘Cheeto-dusted villain.’

Follow DailyMail.com’s live coverage and our reports from the courtroom.

Trump ally Tom Cotton insists there’s no evidence of a crime in the hush money case

‘If the prosecution rests its case based on the evidence they’ve put forward, then this judge should redeem himself for all the erroneous rulings he’s made so far by directing a verdict of not guilty,’ Cotton said on CNN this morning.

He went on to add that there has been no evidence of a crime whatsoever.

Trump’s campaign has been highlighting clips and opinion pieces of his allies saying there’s no case for the prosecution.

Cohen getting grilled about ‘leak’ of word that Trump was getting indicted

Cohen was asked about his texts with detective Jeremy Rosenberg, a supervising investigator in the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Questions are going to where and when Cohen learned Trump was being indicted.

Cohen says he learned it from the New York Times.

‘He didn’t tell you before there was an unsealing indictment that it was done?’ Blanche asks him.

Prosecutors objected to the use of the term ‘leak’ in Blanche’s questions.

Michael Cohen departs his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court, Thursday, May 16, 2024, in New York. The prosecutors' star witness in the hush money case against former President Donald Trump is returning to the witness stand as defense lawyers try to chip away at Cohen's crucial testimony implicating the former president.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Cohen getting grilled about ‘leak’ of word that Trump was getting indicted

Cohen was asked about his texts with detective Jeremy Rosenberg, a supervising investigator in the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Questions are going to where and when Cohen learned Trump was being indicted.

Cohen says he learned it from the New York Times.

‘He didn’t tell you before there was an unsealing indictment that it was done?’ Blanche asks him.

Prosecutors objected to the use of the term ‘leak’ in Blanche’s questions.

Trump is wearing his signature blue suit and a red tie

Donald Trump is seated in the courtroom wearing a blue suit and red tie.

He had been closing his eyes during the long sidebar between the attorneys and Judge Merchan.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan Supreme Court during his hush money trial filed by DA Bragg, in New York, U.S.. May 16 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Pool

Michael Cohen’s former adviser blasts him on Fox News as cross-examination resumes

Lawyer Bob Costello appeared on Fox News just as Michael Cohen was set to retake the witness stand as a key witness in Donald Trump’s hush money case.

Costello appeared before a House committee on Wednesday where he claimed Cohen lied on the stand.

Costello told Fox News on Thursday that he spoke with Cohen during his prior criminal trial. He claims he advised Cohen in 2018 to offer up information on Trump in order to cut a deal, but Cohen told him he has ‘nothing’ on the then-president.

Costello said he has not been subpoenaed to testify by the defense but said he would recommend that Trump’s lawyers call on him.

Judge tells jury it may be necessary to work Wednesday

Judge Merchan tells the jury it may be ‘necessary’ to work Wednesday – the day the Trump trial has usually been pausing.

He wants to know if any have conflicts or hardships, He also mentions various holidays and other factors. It could signal the trial is wrapping up.

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York, Thursday, May 16 2024. (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)

Cross-examination resumes with apology from judge

Judge Merchan didn’t say what the lengthy sidebar was about.

‘I apologize for all the whispering, we’re ready to get started,’ is all he told the jury.

Judge Merchan holds ‘sidebar’ with lawyers

Lawyers for the prosecution and the defense begin the day in court with another sidebar with Judge Merchan.

They ended Tuesday with some housekeeping discussion of when Cohen’s cross-examination might end and whether or not an expert witness would be called.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Todd Blanche, attorney for former US President Donald Trump, sits in the courtroom at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 16, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Jeenah Moon-Pool/Getty Images)

House Freedom Caucus scores prime seats and Matt Gaetz moves up close

Members of the House Republican Freedom caucus are seated behind Trump in the courtroom. Members spotted include Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Trump loyalist Matt Gaetz of Florida.

Reps. Tim Walz, Bob Good, and Andy Biggs are also part of Trump’s entourage.

There was some shuffling in the courtroom to find space for everyone, and Gaetz got moved to the front next to Eric Trump.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (R) listens as former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 16, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Angela Weiss-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump sits down in court as Blanche prepares to resume cross examination

Former President Donald Trump is seated in the courtroom. He chatted with lawyer Emil Bove at the defense table. Blanche stood as he prepared to resume cross-examination of Michael Cohen.

Photrgraphers are once again getting a close-up of the defendant.

Donald Trump speaks to reporters before entering courtroom

Former President Donald Trump spoke to reporters before entering the courtroom.

Trump blasted the case against him as a ‘scam’ and claimed the security outside the Manhattan criminal court is like ‘Fort Knox.’ While there is enhanced security at the court, members of the public is allowed to attend his trial.

The ex-president said the one good thing to come out of the hush money trial is his polling.

He did not answer a shouted question about whether he would testify.

Matt Gaetz and full GOP entourage arrive to support Trump in court

Trump is flanked by a handful of his closest GOP allies at his trial.

Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Anna Paulina Luna, Michael Waltz and Andy Biggs are standing behind him as he addresses reporters outside the courtroom.

Reps. Tim Waltz, Diana Harshbarger, Eli Crane, Ralph Norman, Andy Ogles, Michael Cloud and Virginia State Sen. McGuire are also in court supporting Trump.

Where things stood at end of Tuesday’s cross-examination

Judge Juan Merchan decided to end court for the day on Tuesday during lawyer Todd Blanche’s cross-examination of Michael Cohen.

Blanche had asked Cohen if he was concerend that a new DA was circulating negative stories about him.

Cohen agreed that he dealt with the subject in his book.

Cohen had admitted calling himself a ‘fixer’ and said he made about $3.4 million on a pair of books that dealt extensively with Trump.

Blanche told the judge he would likely finish his cross-examamination Thursday.

‘No rush, take your time,’ Merchan told him.

Justice Juan Merchan presides as Michael Cohen is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger during former U.S. President Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 14, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Donald Trump departs Trump Tower to head to criminal court

Before his appearance in court on Friday, Trump conducted an interview with KTSP in Minnesota.

He has lamented that the court’s schedule is keeping him off the campaign trail.

Trump appealed his gag order to New York’s highest court

Trump’s legal team initiated a new appeal of his gag order on Wednesday evening.

He is not allowed to discuss witnesses, jurors and others in the twisted web of his hush money case.

Trump has already been fined $10,000 by Judge Merchan for violating the order.

He has also been threatened with jail if he violates it again.

Michael Cohen arrives at Manhattan court

Michael Cohen arrived to court before he is set to answer questioned by Trump’s attorneys.

He was seen wearing a pale yellow tie and dark suit.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Michael Cohen, former U.S. President Donald Trump's former attorney (3rd L) arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for Trump's hush money trial on May 16, 2024 in New York City. Cohen, former U.S. President Donald Trump's former attorney, will take the stand again today to continue his cross examination by the defense in the former president's hush money trial. Cohen's $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels is tied to Trump's 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial.  (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
epa11344787 Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaves his apartment building on his way to testify in former US president Donald Trump's ongoing criminal trial at New York State Supreme Court in New York, New York, USA, 16 May 2024. Trump is facing 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to former U.S. President Donald Trump, and attorney Danya Perry leave his apartment building on his way to Manhattan Criminal Court on May 16, 2024 in New York City. Cohen will continue his cross examination by the defense in the former president's hush money trial. Cohen's $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels is tied to Trump's 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Has Trump breached his gag order again?

Donald Trump could be in danger of another breach of the gag order imposed on him by the judge, according to some legal experts.

The suggestion came amid reports that Trump wrote notes to instruct allies what to say when they delivered speeches outside court earlier this week.

David R. Lurie, an attorney in New York, wrote on X:

Those notes are not privileged documents…the notes could evidence violations of the court’s order.

The much awaited cross-examination of Michael Cohen began with a shock-and awe opening meant to shatter the composure of the witness, but ended with the usual courtroom tedium and Cohen correcting Donald Trump’s lawyer on real estate.

There were swear words, insults – ‘Cheeto-dusted villain’ is one – and questions about Cohen’s move from Trump loyalist to resistance crusader, and whether it was an awakening or self-serving scheme.

Many of Blanche’s early punches didn’t land, and had the effect of bringing Cohen’s wealth of character attacks on Trump, like calling him a con man he was ashamed to work for, into the record.

Emails introduced into evidence in the Donald Trump trial reveal a move to set up a ‘back channel’ to President Trump that would run through Rudy Giuliani at a time Michael Cohen was lawyering up after an FBI raid on his apartment and office.

It was designed ‘sort of to be covert. It’s all back-channel. Sort of I Spyish,’ is how Cohen put it during his second day of testimony in the Trump hush money trial Tuesday.

Lawyer Bob Costello tore into Michael Cohen during a House hearing Wednesday – hours after the former Trump fixer called him ‘shifty’ and accused him of trying to set up a ‘back channel’ to then-President Donald Trump.

‘I read Michael Cohen’s testimony from yesterday’s trial in New York on the way down on the train, and virtually every statement he made about me is another lie,’ Costello told a House committee on ‘weaponization’ of government.

The comments came along with a blistering statement Costello released, where he blasted ‘lawfare’ he said was being deployed against Trump, and wrote about meetings with prosecutors along with Cohen.

Cohen ‘took a foolish step by lying that he had evidence that Rudy Giuliani and I had conspired to obstruct justice by dangling a pardon for him to keep his mouth shut about Donald Trump. That was totally false and utter nonsense,’ Costello said.

And he went after Cohen’s motive – in a possible teaser to what Trump’s legal team has in store for him in a second day of cross-examination set for Thursday in Manhattan criminal court.



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