Secret Trump-Cohen Tape Shows ‘An Obvious Fraud’

Secret Trump-Cohen Tape Shows ‘An Obvious Fraud’

Secret Trump-Cohen Tape Shows ‘An Obvious Fraud’

President Trump's longtime fixer Michael Cohen recorded a conversation with CNN reporter Chris Cuomo earlier this year in which he said he arranged "on my own" a $130,000 payment in 2016 to Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

On the 2016 recording, which was made secretly and played on CNN llast night, Trump's then-lawyer Cohen is heard discussing the matter with him and brings up the "financing" of the payoff with then-candidate Trump, who asks, "What financing?"

Mr Trump and Mr Cohen, who no longer works for the president, appear to be discussing buying the rights to Ms McDougal's story from the parent company of the National Enquirer.

According to Giuliani, in his transcript of the recording, Trump says on the tape: "Don't pay with cash".

The paper reported that Cohen told Cuomo he wasn't running a tape - before recording their entire conversation. Mr. Trump initially says "what financing?" Davis and Giuliani did not respond to a request for further comment. "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, defended the president after the tape's release, arguing that the recording does not show that a crime was committed.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen is heard saying on the tape-which CNN points out is likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker.

The audio is muffled, but can be heard saying to "pay with cash" and Cohen immediately says, "no, no". Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.

-Trump was going off about an NBC story before a VFW audience when he said, "Don't believe the crap you see from these people-the fake news". The others on which Trump appears, the report says, only include "snippets" of the president speaking. "What kind of lawyer would tape a client?" he tweeted on Wednesday. McDougal claims that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The president might be having second thoughts now that Mr Cohen has made public his recording of a controversial conversation first leaked to the press last week. In addition, Trump's attorneys have not claimed the recording is a privileged attorney-client conversation.

In the tape, Cohen said "we'll have to pay" to purchase the rights to McDougal's story. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this week "the president maintains he's done nothing wrong". "The recording. between Trump and Cohen. confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump", Stris tweeted. He has since become the Trump Organization's chief financial officer and one of the president's closest business confidants (alongside Jason Greenblatt, who was Trump's in-house legal counsel before the president named him as a special diplomatic envoy to the Middle East).

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