Michael Cohen, former lawyer and aide to former President Donald Trump, faced his former boss in a New York courtroom on Tuesday.

Cohen was in the New York Supreme Court to testify in a civil lawsuit alleging that the former president inflated the value of his assets to secure more favorable business deals and tax benefits.

During his testimony, Cohen said that Trump asked him to "inflate the total assets based on a number he arbitrarily chose."

His duty, along with former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, "was to reverse engineer various asset classes, increase these assets to hit numbers" as per Trump's requests.

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When the court recessed for lunch, Trump, who was not required to be present but arrived a few minutes after Cohen on Tuesday morning, told reporters that he wasn't concerned about Cohen's testimony, asserting that Cohen is an untrustworthy witness due to his past under oath.

The judge issued an order to withhold information from Trump in the fraud case LAW The judge issued an order to withhold information from Trump in the fraud case How Cohen and Trump Ended Up on Opposite Sides Trump and Cohen fell out in 2018 amid federal investigations into Cohen's financial dealings and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential race.

In late 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges, including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments to two women in exchange for their silence about their personal relationships with Trump.

"Mr. Trump is a cheat," Cohen told lawmakers during his February 2019 testimony before the House Oversight Committee. "As previously stated, I'm giving the Committee today a copy of the $130,000 wire transfer from me to Ms. [Stormy] Daniels' attorney, during the closing days of the presidential campaign, that was demanded by Ms. Clifford [Daniels] to maintain her silence about her affair with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump directed me to use my own personal funds from a Home Equity Line of Credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact his campaign."

Trump has long maintained he did nothing wrong and repeatedly labeled Cohen as unreliable.

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Cohen's case also came up in court. While Collin Farherty of the New York Attorney General's office wanted to get this issue out of the way early in his cross-examination, Trump's lawyer Alina Habba brought it up during her cross-examination, pointing out that Cohen had lied under oath multiple times.

Trump's business empire in New York is "in great jeopardy" due to the judge's fraud ruling NATIONAL Trump's business empire in New York is "in great jeopardy" due to the judge's fraud ruling Ahead of the Tuesday hearing, Cohen told reporters, "It's not about Donald Trump versus Michael Cohen, or Michael Cohen versus Donald Trump. It's about accountability, plain and simple, and we leave it in the hands of Justice Engoron to make all those determinations."

New York Judge Arthur Engoron, overseeing the trial, issued a ruling before the trial began, finding that Trump and his associates, including his children Ivanka and co-defendants Donald Jr. and Eric, had indeed inflated the values of their assets. The question at hand is whether Trump conspired to commit fraud deliberately and how much he might owe in fines to the state.

Cohen's cross-examination is expected to continue on Wednesday. More lawyers, insurers, and Trump employees are set to testify later in the week. The witness list still includes Trump himself and his children, Ivanka and co-defendants Donald Jr. and Eric.