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The FBI reportedly seized more than 100 Cohen recordings pertaining to Trump

Former Personal Lawyer to President Donald Trump Trump-Cohen recording of pay-off talk broadcast on US TV
Leonard Rios | 26 July, 2018, 15:44

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.

Trump's lawyers waived privilege so they could speak freely about the tapes, now that they claim Cohen is separately speaking about them, the person said. Is this a first, never heard of it before? There are, Mr Davis says, "a lot of other tapes". We hear Trump say "pay with cash", we hear Cohen saying "no no no", someone says "check", and the thing suddenly ends.

Davis, who worked for the Bill Clinton White House, has accused Trump's new personal lawyer, former federal prosecutor and NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, of disparaging Cohen, alleging the Trump camp are "afraid" of his client.

It comes after an interview released earlier this month saw Cohen apparently signal potential willingness to cooperate with prosecutors against his former boss.

In the audio clip, Trump and Cohen discuss a payment for Playboy model Karen McDougal's story, in which she claimed she with Trump in 2006. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.

McDougal sold her story for 150,000 dollars to the National Enquirer which refrained from publishing the story.

American Media, Inc.'s payment effectively silenced McDougal through the election, though days beforehand news of the deal emerged in The Wall Street Journal.

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In the tape, Cohen said "we'll have to pay" to purchase the rights to McDougal's story. McDougal has accused Cohen of making a secret deal with the head of the publication, who happens to be friends with Trump. "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!" The suit says the foundation routinely and willfully broke the law by engaging in self-dealing that ultimately came to include illegal coordination with Trump's political campaign.

According to Giuliani, in his transcript of the recording, Trump says on the tape: "Don't pay with cash". 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".

The debate over whether Trump was advocating for payments via cash or cheque is "irrelevant" in determining whether he violated campaign finance laws, said Joshua Douglas, a professor of election law at the University of Kentucky.

"Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016". After Trump became president his lawyers created a trust that safeguards his interest in the Trump Organization while ostensibly managing the company without his input.

But things changed after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and home in April.

His comments stoked speculation that he might co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, although there has been no confirmation so far that he has done so.

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