Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers began giving final arguments in his hush money trial in Manhattan on Tuesday. The defense’s argument focused on ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony, which is largely relied on by government prosecutors to prove their case in which they accuse Trump of falsifying business records to cover up payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

Arguing that the prosecution has not presented any evidence of a criminal conspiracy, Trump lawyer Todd Blanche said, “You cannot convict President Trump. You cannot convict President Trump of any crime beyond a reasonable doubt based on the words of Michael Cohen.”

Blanche went on to tell the jury that the secret recording made by Cohen and presented by the prosecution did not show Trump discussing payments made to McDougal.

“You don’t know about the integrity of this file and this recording,” he noted.

Going further to point out that Cohen did not inform Trump of a $130,000 payment to Daniels to cover up an affair, which Trump has denied, Blanche said, “There’s no way that you can find that President Trump knew about this payment at the time it was made without believing the words of Michael Cohen, period. And you cannot — you cannot — believe his words.”

Blanche also pointed out a discrepancy in how the prosecution’s claim of criminal conspiracy relies on documents filed in 2017. According to the lawyer, that does not seem right as the alleged conspiracy they’re trying to get Trump on was meant to aid his campaign for the 2016 election.

“The charges relate to documents in 2017, and the government wants you to believe that President Trump did these things with his records to conceal efforts to promote his successful candidacy in 2016, the year before. Every campaign in this country is a conspiracy to promote a candidate, a group of people working together to help somebody win. You have to find that this effort was done by unlawful means,” Blanche stated.

While the closing arguments were held in the Manhattan courthouse, the Biden campaign held a press event outside and had actor Robert De Niro speak against Trump.

“Under Trump, this kind of government will perish from the Earth. I don’t mean to scare you. No, no, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you. If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted,” De Niro stated, adding that Trump would never leave the White House if he gets reelected.