‘That was a lie’: Trump defense scores big win by pinning Michael Cohen into a corner over a 14-year-old prankster — but runs into a wall of sustained objections

Former President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court in New York, on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Former President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court in New York, on Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Steven Hirsch/Pool Photo via AP)

The lead defense attorney representing Donald Trump, 77, in his New York City hush-money case may have sensed a bit of momentum from earlier in the morning by ramping up a blitz and barrage against the state’s star witness, Michael Cohen, 57, just before the lunchtime recess in a lower Manhattan courtroom on Thursday.

A series of sustained objections somewhat blunted those efforts.

After raising questions about the credibility of Cohen’s previous testimony under oath, attorney Todd Blanche moved onto the heart of the matter: the $130,000 hush-money payment wired to Stormy Daniels, 45, by way of an attorney, just days before the 2016 election.

But this line of questioning quickly degenerated to a standstill in court thanks to the years-old efforts of a 14-year-old prank phone caller. The standstill, it turns out, may have been part of the plan.

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