Tape of Trump discussing hush money for alleged affair released

Arturo Kim
July 25, 2018

The New York Times first reported on the existence of the recording last week, but Trump said it was "inconceivable" that a lawyer like Cohen would secretly record a client like that.

Trump previously stated that he had no knowledge of the proposal. Trump's TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani inexplicably commented that "I've got 4,000 hours of mafia people on tape". Now, federal investigators are examining those ties as part of a wide-ranging probe into Mr. Cohen's personal business dealings and his self-described role as Mr. Trump's fixer.

Michael Cohen and the publisher of the National Enquirer forged an alliance over the years, looking out for the interests of Donald Trump and each other. 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.

President Trump lashed out at his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday after Cohen released a tape on which the two discuss buying the story of a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.

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"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David", Cohen says, apparently referring to David Pecker, the head of American Media. Trump seems to say, "Pay with cash", but Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani released a transcript in which he alleges Trump says: "Don't pay with cash". The story was never published by AMI.

Echoing Lieu and McGovern, journalist David Atkins argued that the tape shows Trump and Cohen "discussing a conspiracy to repay a tabloid owner for buying and spiking a story by the candidate's mistress".

"Well, besides the fact that it's a titillating fact and that we like to know about those kinds of things, that in reality if it's cash or if they set up a dummy organization - as was allegedly done in the Stormy Daniels case - it looks like they are trying to cover up something, hide something", Klieman said. They also talk about mundane matters with the campaign, such as polling numbers. In addition, Trump's attorneys have not claimed the recording is a privileged attorney-client conversation. But, Giuliani went on to say that Trump told Cohen if he were to make a payment to use a check instead of cash.

Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Davis told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that while there's nothing criminal revealed on the tape, "it's about lies and truth".

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