BREAKING: CNN Airs Private Trump-Cohen Recording (AUDIO)
CNN aired a private recording of President Trump discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would purchase rights to Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story about their 2006 affair.
The private recording is from a conversation between Trump and Cohen in September of 2016; Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis provided the recording to CNN.
McDougal sold her story to the National Inquirer for $150,000 but the tabloid, favoring Trump, didn’t run the story – a practice known as “catch-and-kill.”
Cohen told Trump about his plans to set up a company and finance the purchase of the rights from American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.
“I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker.
Trump interrupts Cohen asking, “What financing?” according to the recording. When Cohen tells Trump, “We’ll have to pay.” Trump is heard saying “pay with cash” but the audio is muddled and it’s unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Cohen says, “no, no” but it is not clear what is said next.
Rudy Giuliani previously said Trump had no idea he was being recorded, didn’t make a payment and that he had done nothing wrong.
A clip of the private recording was aired on Chris Cuomo’s show “Cuomo Prime Time” on CNN Tuesday evening.
It’s a very short clip and the audio is muddled and inaudible; it’s basically a nothing-burger.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 25, 2018
On Saturday, President Trump lashed out at Michael Cohen for taping a private conversation between them and said it was probably illegal.
The FBI seized the recording during a pre-dawn raid of Michael Cohen’s home and office earlier this year.
Trump tweeted: Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
The Deep State and Democrats are desperate to pin any type of ‘hush payment’ Trump may have made to any woman during the election as a campaign finance violation.
Michael Cohen also made a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the election, which the FBI is also investigating.
Meanwhile, as many as 40 state Democrat parties are implicated in a large scheme to circumvent campaign finance laws in order to illegally funnel $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and there is no FBI investigation into the DNC.
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