There is “substantial documentation” to corroborate Michael Cohen’s testimony in the case being brought against former President Donald Trump over hush money Cohen paid, lawyer Lanny Davis said Sunday.
Davis also said that material pertains not only to payments made to porn actress Stormy Daniels but a second woman as well, Karen McDougal. She is a former Playboy model who also claims to have had an affair with Trump, who denies affairs with both women.
“Michael Cohen submitted a lot of documentation not only to this group of prosecutors but to the earlier group. And there are other documents from other people and other testimony from other people, some of it direct, involving conversations with Mr. Trump concerning the Karen McDougal crime,” Davis said when asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if there were documents backing up Cohen’s testimony in the case for which Trump has been indicted.
“And so the answer is substantial documentation,” Davis said on "State of the Union."
The indictment of Trump has been announced but not unsealed, so it is not known if the case against him goes beyond the Daniels accusations to ones involving McDougal — or anyone else for that matter.
Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, has claimed he made the payments to Daniels at Trump’s behest ahead of the 2016 election. But for those hoping for Trump’s conviction, there’s concern over Cohen’s credibility as a witness. The former president's former lawyer pled guilty to lying to Congress during hearings in 2017, as well as tax evasion charges and campaign-finance violations.
Cohen’s lawyer said Sunday that Cohen’s testimony in this case is backed by documentation from both Cohen and others involved in the case.
Though Davis acknowledged that Cohen had previously lied publicly, “the credibility between him and the jury in that courtroom is going to be based on corroborating evidence,” he said.