The Secret Trump-Cohen Recording Has Leaked

Hugh Fox
July 25, 2018

Giuliani claimed that the recording "doesn't" indicate that Trump knew about plans to purchase the rights to Karen McDougal's story - about an alleged affair with Trump - from American Media Inc. Giuliani denies that Trump had an affair with McDougal. At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this".

Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insists the president never paid McDougal but had acknowledged that the audio, which dates back to September 2016, captured a discussion related to the buying the story rights.

"People in Trump's position have all kinds of reasons for making these kind of payments, like family harmony or retaining commercial viability", said Bradley Smith, a professor at Capital University Law School and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

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The tape appears to contradict the Trump campaign's later claim that Trump knew nothing about payments to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal's story from becoming public.

President Donald Trump lashed out at his longtime personal lawyer Wednesday after CNN aired a tape in which the pair discussed how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model.

He tells Trump, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David". The story was never published by AMI.

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In the recording, Trump can be heard saying "pay with cash". David Pecker, the chairman of the National Enquirer's parent company, is a friend of Donald Trump's.

In previously unreported interactions, some of which are memorialized in emails now under review, Mr. Cohen mediated a dispute between Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who had been a star on Mr. Trump's.

"The transcript that we provided CNN accurately reflects the taped conversation", Giuliani told The Associated Press. "One-fifty?" Trump asks. Cohen says yes.

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Cohen, who has fallen out with Trump, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws. They also talk about mundane matters with the campaign, such as polling numbers. ABC News has done an initial review of the recording. But, Giuliani went on to say that Trump told Cohen if he were to make a payment to use a check instead of cash. He believes that along with the president, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who he once considered a brother, are all working to undermine him.

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