Trump Lawyer Challenges Call Logs, Suggests Pocket Dials inHush Money Trial

Donald Trump's attorney questioned call detail logs in court, suggesting alternative explanations for calls. Prosecutors presented evidence, including checks and phone records, ahead of key witness Michael Cohen's testimony.

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Trump Lawyer Challenges Call Logs, Suggests Pocket Dials inHush Money Trial

Trump Lawyer Challenges Call Logs, Suggests Pocket Dials inHush Money Trial

In the third week of testimony in Donald Trump's hush money trial, his attorney Emil Bove questionedcall detail logsin court on Friday, suggesting alternative explanations for calls, including pocket dials. Prosecutors narrowed their focus to checks and phone records as they build a case ahead of crucial testimony from Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney who arranged the $130,000 payout to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Why this matters: The outcome of this trial has significant implications for the accountability of high-profile figures and the integrity of the legal system. A conviction could set a precedent for holding powerful individuals accountable for their actions, while an acquittal could embolden others to engage in similar behavior.

During cross-examination, Bove asked AT&T lead compliance analyst Daniel Dixon about the limits of the call records, highlighting that they do not reflect the content of the calls and cannot determine who actually spoke. "These records don't reflect the content of these calls?" Bove asked, to which Dixon replied, "Correct." Bove also suggested that the transactional record shown could have been an accidental call or a "pocket dial."

The prosecution presented evidence, including a chart, to help the jury understand the connection between invoices, general ledger detail vouchers, and checks. Paralegal Jarmel Schneider from the DA's office testified about his work on the case, analyzing records and setting up subpoenas. Schneider's testimony focused on records reviewed for Trump's case, including Michael Cohen's phone calls, emails, and calendar invites.

Judge Juan Merchan granted prosecutors' motion to quash a subpoena from Trump's lawyers, calling their request for documents an "improper fishing expedition." The subpoena sought records from former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, including documents related to Michael Cohen's interactions with Trump and a February 2021 internal memo on Stormy Daniels.

The trial is expected to continue, with the prosecution planning to call two more witnesses and potentially resting their case by the end of next week. Michael Cohen, a key witness, is expected to take the stand on Monday. Trump denies having sex with Stormy Daniels, and the case hinges on record-keeping, including checks and phone records.