Donald Trump returns to Manhattan courthouse to face off with former fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen who is set testify against the president at his $250M fraud trial
- Trump and former fixer Michael Cohen arrived at court in New York within minutes of each other on Tuesday, setting up a tense face-to-face encounter
- It marks the first time the two will be seen in the same room since their relationship deteriorated, with Cohen set testify against the former president
- Trump skipped his usual campaign haunts to appear in the Manhattan courtroom for the confrontation for the sixth time this month
By DANIEL BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Donald Trump was stony-faced as he arrived in a New York courtroom on Tuesday to face off with his archnemesis, lawyer Michael Cohen.
It is the first time two will be seen in the same room since their relationship deteriorated as Cohen is set to take the stand for his highly anticipated testimony against the former president in his civil case in New York.
The former attorney, 57, was seen leaving his Park Avenue apartment Tuesday morning and heading to Manhattan Supreme Court for the fourth week of proceedings in the $250million fraud trial.
‘This is about accountability, plain and simple,’ Cohen told reporters as he entered the courthouse, adding that it was up to the judge to make any determinations in the case.
Trump skipped his usual campaign haunts to appear in the Manhattan courtroom for the confrontation for the sixth time this month.
Before proceedings could begin, Trump’s lawyers claimed the trial should be delayed because of an ‘outbreak’ of Covid-19 among lawyers from both sides.
Attorney Christopher Kise took a dramatically different tone about the pandemic than Trump did while in office as he asked the judge to pause the trial.
Kise said that the New York State Attorney General’s office knew one of its staff had Covid last Wednesday but only told them about it on Saturday.
Since then four Attorney General’s lawyers had tested positive and one lawyer from Mr. Trump’s team, the court heard.
Kise said it was ‘beyond irresponsible’ not to have told the Trump team earlier. He accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of being ‘really hypocritical’ because she sued Amazon over its Covid practices and publicly stated that protecting people’s health was a priority.