Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before a grand jury in Manhattan next week. According to a report from the New York Times, Cohen’s testimony will be included in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into the payments that had been made to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Daniels was paid off for her silence over the affair she had with former President Donald Trump. Last week Cohen told reporters that he was expecting to be called to testify in the case as the investigators are potentially considering filing an indictment against Trump. Cohen has talked with investigators, in this case, a number of times already.
Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple charges in 2018 and was sentenced to several years in prison before being released early because of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. He was charged previously for campaign finance violations and for paying $130,000 in campaign funding to Daniels.
Cohen has said that the payment was made at the request of Trump. Trump has also stated that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment but has stated that the payment was not related to his presidential campaign. As a result, Cohen is expected to act as a major witness in Bragg’s case, especially if prosecutors choose to indict Trump. Trump’s defense is likely going to include attacks on Cohen’s credibility as Cohen has previously pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.