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Trump had a phase where he was perpetually paranoid about getting framed: report

Former President Donald Trump’s very specific paranoia about flying food was apparently not limited to fruit.

According to the Daily Beast, Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed during a May 9 deposition that Trump went through a phase where he became obsessed with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. having already been hit in the face with a cream pie. .

“For some reason, this upset Mr. Trump terribly,” Cohen said, according to the outlet, which has reviewed the testimony that has not yet been made public. “We were all told that if someone threw anything at him, that if that person didn’t end up in the hospital, we would all be fired.”

Contacted by The Daily Beast, Cohen told the news site that Trump sometimes seemed preoccupied with pies and said he was concerned about being hit by one on a “continuous and regular” basis. .

“He would never turn around and say, ‘If somebody throws a rock or a bottle…’ It’s always a pie. He always brought up that pie thing.

Cohen was deposed as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by protesters who claim they were assaulted by Trump’s security guards in 2015 outside Trump’s Manhattan Tower. They say Trump’s security team, led by his longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, tore down their signs and punched and briefly suffocated a protester.

Cohen became a last-minute witness in the case after coming forward to the protesters’ lawyers, saying he was in the room when Trump allegedly ordered security guards to dispose of protesters outside the Trump building. Tower.

If Cohen’s account is accurate, it would mean Trump lied under oath during a deposition in October for the case.

Trump’s October testimony was first made public in a court filing last month. In it, he said he didn’t know about the altercation between Schiller and the protesters until the next day.

But Cohen reportedly called Schiller back, saying, “I took the sign. He grabbed me, so I hit him on the side of the head,” to which Trump replied, “Good.”

Trump was also questioned under oath about other instances where he promoted violence against critics.

In a particularly bizarre excerpt highlighted by the Daily Beast, Trump expressed his fear of being bombarded by “pineapples, bananas, tomatoes, stuff like that”, which he said was “very dangerous”.

He used those concerns to justify telling his followers at a 2016 rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to ‘blow the shit up’ on anyone who tried to participate in an alleged plot to throw tomatoes at him. .

Trump’s lawyers sought to keep his testimony private, but Benjamin Dictor, an attorney for the activists, argued he should file the transcript to demonstrate why he asked Cohen to testify.

The trial is expected to begin in June.

Cohen served more than a year in prison and another year and a half of house arrest after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress about his silent payments to porn actor Stormy Daniels and the model Karen McDougal, who claimed during the 2016 presidential race that they had an affair with Trump. Cohen said he did so at Trump’s direction and cooperated with multiple investigations into the former president.

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