Michael Cohen is called to testify in the hush money case

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Michael Cohen leaves the district attorney’s office in New York, March 13, 2023. (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

Michael Cohen, once a fierce ally to former President Donald Trump, is expected to testify at Trump’s hush money trial on Monday. Billed as a “star witness” for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Cohen’s name has come up repeatedly since witness testimony in the trial began on April 22.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of his highly anticipated testimony.

❓What was his relationship to Trump?

Cohen worked for the Trump Organization for more than a decade as Trump’s attorney, starting in 2006. During that time, he became known as Trump’s “fixer” due to his role in covering up Trump’s problems.

Cohen was first introduced to Trump in 2006 by Donald Trump Jr. After consulting with the real estate mogul on a few legal matters, Cohen quickly became executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump. As he explained to Vanity Fair in 2017, he was so devoted to Trump at the time that he said he “would take a bullet” for him.

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