Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who was once Trump’s confidant and self-described “fixer,” is set to return to a courtroom in New York as the star witness in the former president’s $250 million civil fraud trial.
Cohen spent a decade in Trump’s inner circle before becoming ensnared in his own legal problems, resulting in prison time and disbarment — during which time he flipped to become one of Trump’s most vocal critics.
Trump is expected to attend the trial on Tuesday, which would likely mark the first time they’ve seen each other in person in five years.
“It appears that I will be reunited with my old client @realDonaldTrump when I testify this Tuesday, October 24th at the @NewYorkStateAG civil fraud trial. See you there!” Cohen wrote on Twitter, now known as X, on Friday.
Cohen’s testimony could also provide an opportunity for him to come full circle. His 2019 congressional testimony claiming that Trump inflated his net worth led New York attorney general Letitia James to open her investigation into the former president.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing in the case and has appealed a pretrial ruling from the judge that already found him liable for defrauding banks and insurers.
“We have a corrupt legal system in our country,” Trump said last week before entering court.
Cohen’s testimony was previewed as critical evidence during the state’s opening statement earlier this month.
“[Trump] wanted to be higher on the Forbes list, and he then said ‘I’m actually not worth $6 billion. I’m worth seven. In fact, I think it’s actually now worth eight, with everything that’s going on,'” Cohen said in a portion of his deposition that was played during the state’s opening statement.
“Allen and I were tasked with taking the assets, increasing each of those asset classes, in order to accommodate that $8 billion number,” Cohen said in his deposition, referring to then-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges last year.