Secret Trump-Cohen tape revealed

25 July, 2018, 21:07 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Hannity that this payment was reimbursed and that President Trump knew about it. Giuliani also claimed that the payment was related to the campaign. The other recordings are of conversations in which Cohen mentions the president to someone else, Giuliani said.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that Cohen is not seeking a pardon from the president as he faces a federal criminal investigation on campaign finance and bank fraud allegations in NY.

In 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed American Media, who owns the pro-Trump National Enquirer, bought the rights to the model's story for $150,000, but didn't publish it. He says Trump actually says, "Don't pay with cash", showing Trump was not trying to hide the potential payment to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal's story from becoming public. Cohen explains, "We'll have to pay", and Trump can be heard saying, "pay with cash". There may or may not have been the Steele dossier's alleged tape of Trump in Moscow with prostitutes, but there is certainly reason to believe that there was enough evidence of Trump's poor personal conduct to fill a whole file cabinet in some Russian intelligence agency's office.

Donald Trump's former attorney and longtime "fixer" Michael Cohen feels like he's been "hung out to dry", Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox noted during a Tuesday morning MSNBC appearance - and he's using what he knows to hit back at the president and his family.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. According to CNN, the tape was supplied by Lanny Davis, the attorney representing Cohen.

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In recent weeks, Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, has shown increasing signs of a willingness to turn against Trump.

NY is a "one-party consent" state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording. "I got it." The audio cuts to what appears to be a new recording after that.

Why did Lanny Davis release the tape?

There has been no comment from President Trump at this time.

Either way, the move has incited a harsh war of words between Davis and Giuliani, and is the final sign that Cohen has flipped on the man he used to say he would take a bullet for.

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