New Trump-Cohen audio recording captures talk of Playboy model payoff

Aaron Brown
July 26, 2018

The audio is muffled but Trump can be heard saying to "pay with cash", and Cohen says, "no, no".

President Trump slammed his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday for recording a private conversation, since aired by CNN - and suggested others may have been taped.

President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed that that the payment was ultimately never made.

Trump's former personal attorney and longtime confidante "has turned a corner in his life, and he's now dedicated to telling the truth to everyone", Davis said during an appearance Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

During an interview on Fox News, Napolitano explained why the secretly recorded tape could be concerning for Trump and his associates. Giuliani says that shows Mr. Trump was trying to be above board.

Trump interrupts Cohen on the tape, asking, "What financing?"

Government watchdog group Common Cause has said that the proposed payment benefited Trump's presidential election campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal. Davis and Giuliani did not respond to a request for further comment.

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"Denials and tweets in all caps do not make campaign finance violations go away", said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause.

Some legal experts, however, say that if the payment was made for personal reasons, it would not run afoul of federal election laws. "Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump", Davis said.

McDougal alleges that she and Trump an affair in 2006; Trump has steadfastly denied that.

The audio recording isn't clear, so it's hard to tell if the president is asking Cohen to pay in cash or not pay in cash. During the office's 2014 investigation of a NY state anti-corruption commission, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, for example, Petrillo was angered with prosecutors after a newspaper story disclosed that his client in that probe was to be interviewed by federal investigators, according to people familiar with the matter.

American Media purchased the story's rights from McDougal for $150,000 in August 2016.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David, you know, so that - I'm going to do that right away", Mr Cohen says.

When Mr Cohen mentions "financing", Mr Trump stops him and says, "Wait a sec, what financing?" Mr Cohen responds, "No, no, no, no, no".

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