Michael Cohen, the star witness in Donald Trump’s hush money case, directly connected his former boss to the payoff to keep adult film actress Stormy Daniels from going public about their alleged dalliance to save his 2016 presidential campaign.

Taking the witness stand in the Manhattan criminal trial on Monday, Trump’s former fixer told the jury that if Daniels’ story of a sexual encounter with Trump a decade earlier got out, it would spell "disaster" for his White House bid.

"This is a disaster, a total disaster," Cohen said Trump told him. "Women will hate me. Guys may think it’s cool, but this is going to be a disaster for the campaign."