Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Secret Trump-Cohen tape released, but what's on it in dispute

Secret Trump-Cohen tape released, but what's on it in dispute

While Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani continues to insist that the president never made the hush payment and that the tape does not reveal any wrongdoing, lawmakers and ethics experts argued that the newly released audio provides evidence of a serious campaign finance violation, which was committed in the service of squashing an embarrassing pre-election story.

Cohen and Trump on the secretly recorded tape apparently discuss a $150,000 payment to the National Enquirer so it can buy the story of Playboy model Karen MacDougal, who claimed to have an affair with Trump.

On the tape, which was broadcast on Tuesday, Trump can be heard discussing with Cohen how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model in 2006 and buying the rights to her story.

The tape appears to be one of 12 recordings seized during a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office and home earlier this year.

NY is a "one-party consent" state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording.

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!".

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Last week Mr Trump also triggered immediate criticism when he appeared to deny the Kremlin is still targeting America. The Helsinki Summit hit headlines last week when Trump was asked about Russian interference in the U.S. election.

After the big Michael Cohen-Donald Trump taped dropped on CNN last night, there's now new reporting on the contents of another tape Cohen recorded. Trump's lawyers say the payments were never made.

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.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insists Trump said, "Don't pay with cash".

"No, no, no, no, no, no", Cohen responds before the tape cuts off.

"He's now dedicated to telling the truth to everyone, and we'll have to see what happens", Davis said. Cohen is under criminal investigation by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan for his personal financial dealings, including the payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the election, though he has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors investigating Cohen are in possession of 12 audio recordings seized during raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel room, according to new court filings. 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.

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