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CNN Airs Donald Trump Recording Secretly Made His Then-Lawyer Michael Cohen

CNN Airs Donald Trump Recording Secretly Made His Then-Lawyer Michael Cohen

In the unwieldy tape, Cohen and Trump appear to be discussing plans to set up a shell company buy the rights to McDougal's story, which was purchased by American Media Inc.

Cohen's lawyer released the tape to television CNN network, an arch critic of the Trump administration, and in a flurry of interviews declared his client had "turned a corner" and would continue to speak "the truth".

The key portion of the tape is a conversation between Trump and his then-attorney Cohen in which Trump appears to be familiar with hush money payments to a woman who says she had an affair with him.

In the months since, speculation has grown about what the legal pressure on Cohen might mean for Trump - discussion far removed from Cohen's claim past year that he would "take a bullet" for the President.

Karen McDougal, the model, alleges she began a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006.

On Wednesday, the president tweeted: "What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?"

"So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?" The president also questioned the abrupt ending of the recording, suggesting the tape was cut off before the president started talking about positive things.

Common Cause says the tape bolstered their argument that Trump knew about the payment and that it was potentially illegal.

Here's the point: the president has run through a succession of lawyers in connection with the Democrats' many attacks on him. In response to the release of the tape Tuesday night, Giuliani released a statement to ABC News, saying, "The transcript that we provided CNN accurately reflects the taped conversation".

Davis, a damage-control maestro going back to the Clinton administration, told me: "Michael Cohen has made a turn".

"NO MORE GAMES", Avenatti tweeted.

"The tape can be used by anybody who can get their hands on it for any goal, which would include McDougal if she's suing the president, or Bob Mueller if he's investigating the president", Napolitano added.

The tape also flies in the face of a denial by Trump spokesman Hope Hicks, who said four days before the November 2016 election, after the Wall Street Journal first reported on the Enquirer's payment to McDougal, "We have no knowledge of any of this".

AMI, whose chief executive is David Pecker, signed a $150,000 deal with McDougal in August 2016 for her story but never published it.

But on tape, the candidate expresses no surprise when the issue comes up and Cohen talks about essentially reimbursing the company for what it paid McDougal.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.

"The only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters", he added.

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