Michael Cohen responds to Trump statement – ​​NBC New York

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, said he is “relieved” after the former president was found guilty of all 34 charges in a hush-money trial accusing him of falsifying business records.

Cohen appeared on MSNBC in an exclusive interview Thursday evening.

“As we like to say, no one is above the law, and today’s verdict shows that,” Cohen said in the interview.

Cohen’s testimony was seen as crucial in the trial against Trump and he was on the witness stand for several days to testify and face cross-examination. The defense hammered on Cohen’s credibility and his previous lies under oath.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 13: Former President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his home after leaving Manhattan Criminal Court on May 13, 2024 in New York City. Cohen was called to testify as a key witness for the prosecution in the hush money trial of the former president. Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels is related to Trump’s 34 charges of falsifying company records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. Cohen will continue under direct questioning by the prosecutor, and will then face cross-examination by the defense when the trial resumes. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

When asked how he felt after the ruling, Cohen said on MSNBC: “I think the word is relieved. This has been six years in the making.”

Cohen said everything he said on the witness stand during the 21 hours of testimony was corroborated by other witnesses and documents.

Earlier on Thursday, Cohen released a statement saying in part: “Today is an important day for accountability and the rule of law. While it has been a difficult journey for me and my family, the truth always matters.”

Trump will face Judge Juan Merchan again on July 11 for the scheduled sentencing.

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