Federal Bureau of Investigation has secret tape of Trump talking payment to model

21 July, 2018, 19:50 | Author: Trevor Moore

On his Twitter handle, Trump wrote; "Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of".

On Friday, the New York Times was the first to report that Cohen secretly recorded a brief conversation two months before the 2016 election in which he and Trump discussed the possibility of paying off Karen McDougal, an ex-Playboy who says she had a yearlong affair with Trump beginning in 2006.

In the September 2016 conversation, Cohen and Trump were discussing a plan by Cohen to attempt to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from AMI for roughly $150,000, according to one person familiar with recording.

"The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!". The recording had been deemed privileged by a former federal judge, known as a special master, one of the sources said, adding that Trump's lawyers have sent a letter to the special master asking to withdraw the privilege.

He also called raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel room earlier this year "inconceivable" and "almost unheard of".

Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings.

The tabloid ultimately sat on it, preventing it from becoming public.

David Pecker, the CEO and chairman of the National Enquirer's publisher American Media Inc, is a Trump supporter who has reportedly described the president as a "personal friend".

Mr Cohen, who has not been charged, is reportedly under investigation for possible bank and tax fraud, as well as potential violation of election law.

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In a tweet on Saturday, a lawyer for Cohen, Lanny Davis called Trump and Giuliani's strategy "flawed" and the president's Twitter statement against Cohen "false".

Trump is responding to the revelation that attorney Michael Cohen made a secret recording of their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump. "Any attempt at spin cannot change what is on the tape". The Trump administration had previously denied knowing anything about such a payment.

Laws in NY governing the recording of phone conversations do not require two-party consent.

In her lawsuit against AMI, McDougal said she was happy when AMI bought her story then did not publish it, because she was not anxious for publicity.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", he said.

When informed about the tape, the president said "I can't believe Michael would do this with me", according to a source familiar with the tapes.

Payments made to cover up embarrassing information ahead of the election could violate campaign finance law.

Giuliani also denied Trump had an affair with McDougal.

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