Eric Trump, in the front row of his dad's hush-money trial, bashed Michael Cohen on X while he was on the witness stand

  • Eric Trump live-tweeted Monday from his dad's Manhattan hush-money trial.

  • Donald Trump's son bashed Michael Cohen on X as he was on the witness stand in the historic trial.

  • "I have never seen anything more rehearsed!" the younger Trump posted.

Eric Trump on Monday took the opportunity to live-tweet from the Manhattan courtroom where his father, former President Donald Trump, was standing trial for criminal charges related to a hush-money payment made to a porn star.

As Michael Cohen, the former president's personal attorney turned nemesis, was testifying as the prosecution's star witness in the case, the younger Trump slammed his dad's ex-"fixer" in a post on the social-media site X.

"I have never seen anything more rehearsed!" Eric Trump, who was seated in the courtroom's front row during the historic trial, posted in reference to Cohen's testimony.

He sat directly behind his father with Alina Habba, a lawyer for the former president, to his right and a pair of Secret Service agents to his left.

Cellphones are banned for most people in the courtroom, including journalists (credentialed press members are permitted to use their laptops). However, there's an exception for lawyers and those in attendance in the first row, court officers told Business Insider.

Former President Donald Trump and attorney Emil Bove attend his New York criminal hush-money trial.
Former President Donald Trump and his attorney Emil Bove just before prosecutors called Michael Cohen to the witness stand.Spencer Platt/Pool via REUTERS

Prosecutors called Cohen to the witness stand Monday. He began his testimony by describing a conspiratorial heyday before his and the elder Trump's relationship soured.

One of Cohen's roles was shaping the perception of the elder Trump in the press and trying to keep negative stories out of the papers. Cohen testified that he sometimes lied for Donald Trump and bullied people to please him.

"The only thing that was on my mind was to accomplish a task to make him happy," Cohen told jurors.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has charged the former president with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Prosecutors allege he illegally disguised records reimbursing Cohen for a $130,000 hush-money payment made to the adult-film actor Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen, the ex-lawyer for former President Donald Trump, departs his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal hush-money trial.
Cohen leaving his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal hush-money trial.REUTERS/Mike Segar

The payment, prosecutors say, was to buy Daniels' silence over a one-time sexual encounter the porn star says she had with Donald Trump at a Lake Tahoe hotel suite in 2006 during a celebrity golf tournament.

Prosecutors are hoping Cohen's testimony will bolster their argument that the elder Trump orchestrated the payment to Daniels as part of an illegal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election.

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