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According to Michael Cohen, during the hush-money trial, he testified that Donald Trump never used email because he knew that prosecutors like to follow paper trails


In revealing testimony, ex-Trump associate Michael Cohen claimed that his former boss 'never had an email address' for a straightforward reason.

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Michael Cohen (left) (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File), Donald Trump (right) (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

During Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in Manhattan, Michael Cohen testified that Trump didn't use email because he knew that prosecutors like to follow paper trails.

The morning question-and-answer session mostly involved Cohen talking about his time as a lawyer for Trump, who was his only boss. According to reports from the courtroom, he even spoke positively about the experience in many ways. even spoke glowingly about the “amazing experience” it was in “many ways.” But Cohen’s relationship with Trump began to fracture forever when the feds raided the disgraced attorney’s proprieties and Cohen went to federal prison for tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations and his role in trying to cover up the Stormy Daniels dalliance — which he said was at the direction of and to the benefit of “Individual-1.”

The convicted felon, who separately admitted he lied to Congress about a Moscow Trump Tower negotiations timeline out of loyalty to his ex-boss, has since exited prison and refashioned himself as a truth-teller about Trump.

But before the about-face, Cohen, as Trump’s then-fixer just weeks before the 2016 election, used Essential Consultants, LLC, to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep her quiet about having sex with the candidate all the way back in 2006, just a year after Trump married Melania Trump.

On Monday, Cohen said that Trump was aware of the legal implications and was cautious about paper trails at the Trump Organization. He mentioned that Trump knew that having an email address could cause him problems in the future, having seen “too many people” prosecuted as a result.

“Mr. Trump never had an email address,” Cohen said, before reportedly quoting Trump as follows: “Emails are like written papers. There are too many people who have gone down” to “prosecutors” who had been gifted those paper trails.

The details remind of an episode from the Trump presidency where the then president got into an argument with with White House counsel Don McGahn over note-taking, and explained that real lawyers do not write things down.

“What about these notes?” Trump asked. “Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.”

“I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes,” he added.

And yet, despite the painstakingly cultivated instinct to avoid paper trails, Trump is on trial for allegedly falsifying business records — and documents, of course, continue to be a feature, not a bug, of the prosecution.

For instance, jurors have nonetheless seen a “high” importance email from a bank staffer requesting expedited processing for Cohen’s home equity loan funds, $130,000 of which was then wired to Stormy Daniels’ attorney Keith Davidson.

Nor did avoiding email prevent Cohen recording conversations with Trump without him knowing, revealing what was said about the $150,000 “catch-and-kill” of Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story of an affair with Trump.

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