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Call records between Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels' ex-attorney deleted, paralegal testifies

Trump is facing 34 charges related to the alleged falsification of business records.

Published: May 12, 2024 1:25pm

Some phone call records between Stormy Daniels' former attorney and Michael Cohen were deleted, a paralegal from the office of Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg testified during former President Donald Trump's hush money trial.

As Trump is facing 34 charges related to the alleged falsification of business records, paralegal Jaden Jarmel-Schneider on Friday admitted under questioning from defense attorney Emil Bove that three pages of call records were deleted from conversations between Cohen and attorney Keith Davidson, who also represented former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal in addition to Daniels.

Jarmel-Schneider also said that some calls were deleted from an exhibit of calls between Stormy Daniels' former publicist Gina Rodriguez and National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, per CNN. Howard and Rodriguez negotiated a deal to pay Daniels for her story about Trump in an arrangement that has since been known as a "catch and kill," wherein the tabloid would buy the rights to salacious stories and then never run them. 

When asked about why some of the call records were removed, Jarmel-Schneider said: "My understanding is the decision was always going to be that we would admit the part of the call summaries related to what had come out in trial."

Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the case. 

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