CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

Cohen reportedly intervened and helped draft an agreement under which Manigault-Newman would drop her lawsuit against AMI if they gave her a job, sources told WSJ.

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. ABC News has done an initial review of the recording.

The tape then abruptly ends.

Trump has denied the affair and his legal team says the transaction never occurred.

The tape's release marked a dramatic rupture in the relationship between the President and Cohen, previously a steadfast supporter in addition to working as Trump's personal attorney and longtime confidant.

In that tweet, Trump said it was "inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client", adding: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!"

Mr Davis told CNN he released the tape to dispute an assertion by Mr Giuliani that the tape would show that Mr Trump made clear that if there were going to be a payment, it should be done by check, which would be easily traced.


Trump suggested Wednesday that the tape cuts off when he was "presumably saying positive things" and that other clients and reporters were taped by Cohen.

The dramatic leak of a taped conversation between Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen signals an aggressive new strategy by the former fixer, raising questions about how much the U.S. leader has to fear should he cooperate with prosecutors. An attorney for Cohen called Trump's statement "false".

The discussion relates to whether Trump should buy the rights of the story from American Media, which paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story about an alleged 10 month affair with Trump.

The tape is one of 12 that the government seized during a raid of Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room earlier this year. The recording proves that President Trump had knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal.

"What Michael Cohen may know", Fox said, "I don't think it's making anyone in Trump world sleep soundly". "In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence".

An audio recording released on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time on Tuesday night is a bombshell. McDougal is a Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Trump over a decade ago.

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