Secret Trump-Cohen tape released, but what's on it in dispute

Former Personal Lawyer to President Donald Trump

CNN has obtained a 2016 audio recording of Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen, in which the two can be heard having a conversation about buying the rights to a story from former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Trump.

"This tape is more evidence that Donald Trump himself was directly involved in a campaign finance law violation", Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) declared on Twitter. So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?

The tape then cuts off abruptly - a fact the president jumped on.

In the almost two-hour exchange, which the paper said appeared to have been surreptitiously recorded by Cohen, Trump's ex-lawyer discussed at length the payment he arranged in October 2016, a month before the presidential election, to Daniels, who alleged that she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife Melania gave birth to their son.

So, we've heard the audio of the secret recording between Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, but now there's video?

"Pay with cash", Trump appears to respond. Cohen tells Trump that The New York Times wants to unseal documents on his divorce from Ivana Trump ahead of the election (an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful, as Cohen predicts).

The other recordings are of conversations in which Cohen mentions the president to someone else, Giuliani said.

Cohen has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.

No payment was ever made from Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's attorney, has said. His current lawyer denies that payment took place.

"If Cohen is telling the truth why are he and Lanny Davis misrepresenting the language from President Trump "Do not pay by cash... So much for ethics!" Davis does acknowledge that Trump used the word "check" toward the end of the tape. "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!"

The FBI, however, was executing court-approved warrants in conducting the searches.

This chatter is noteworthy because it shows Cohen advising Trump on campaign matters.

The recording was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April when officers raided Cohen's office. "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. Cohen said in an interview with ABC published in early July that his family and country would come before his loyalty to Trump, and CNN reported later that Cohen had told his friends he did not think Trump would pardon him if it came to that point. While Davis said Trump was suggesting the two pay cash, Giuliani's version of the transcript says Trump is saying, "Don't pay with cash...check".

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, told the Post that his client didn't make the recordings for any nefarious or untoward purposes.

"He never meant to make use of the recordings and certainly didn't intend to be deceptive", Davis said.

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