The Latest | Judge is sorting out the final stretch of Trump’s hush money trial

NEW YORK — Prosecutors’ star witness in the hush money case against Donald Trump was back in the hot seat Thursday as defense lawyers tried to chip away at Michael Cohen’s crucial testimony implicating the former president.

The trial resumed in Manhattan with the potentially explosive defense cross-examination of Cohen, whose credibility could determine the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s fate in the case.

Cohen is prosecutors’ final witness — at least for now — as they try to prove Trump schemed to suppress a damaging story he feared would torpedo his 2016 presidential campaign, and then falsified business records to cover it up.

The trial was in its 18th day. While the defense is not expected to call many witnesses, talks were ongoing Thursday after court adjourned over the parameters of potential testimony from a campaign finance law expert the defense wants to call to the stand. The trial resumes Monday, when Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche will continue cross-examining Cohen.

Over two days on the witness stand, Cohen placed Trump directly at the center of the alleged scheme to stifle negative stories to fend off damage to his White House bid. Cohen told jurors that Trump promised to reimburse him for the money

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