Cohen testified that the recording abruptly ended due to an incoming call on his phone, a detail confirmed by mobile carrier records presented during the court session. Cohen explained that the number logged in the cellular records belonged to a bank official trying to contact him.

Cohen insisted that the recording was unaltered and mirrored its original state when it was initially recorded. Prosecution questioning leading to this testimony intended to counter a previous suggestion by the defense that Cohen might have manipulated the tape.

Earlier in the trial, Trump’s legal team probed a witness about the “gaps” linked with the phone after Cohen completed the recording, as well as the abrupt termination at the tape’s end.