Cohen lawyer: 'Spin' can't change what's on tape

Cheryl Sanders
July 21, 2018

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump wrote on Twitter. "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

The government did not break into Cohen's office.

The FBI is also investigating Cohen's payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the election in exchange for silence about an alleged one-time encounter with Trump.

Preeminent attorney Shanin Specter suggested that President Donald Trump's Saturday morning Twitter attack on his former fixer, Michael Cohen, could blow up in his face. They shared the recording with Trump's lawyers as well, The New York Times reported, citing three people briefed on the matter.

CBS News learned that Cohen secretly recorded the conversation he had with Mr. Trump shortly before the 2016 election. In New York state, it is legal to record a conversation if one party consents. So Cohen's actions were not illegal.

"It's pretty clear from the tape, it's the first time Trump is finding out".

In May, President Trump admitted that he had reimbursed Mr Cohen for a payment to another woman to hush up her claims of an affair.

But the recording does show that Trump was considering buying the rights to McDougal's story from AMI - despite the fact that Trump's spokeswoman at the time, Hope Hicks, called McDougal's claims "totally untrue" and said Trump had "no knowledge of any of this".

Federal investigators have reportedly demanded the tabloid's records on the McDougal payment. Citing a person familiar with the recording, The Washington Post reported Friday that in it, Cohen and Trump discussed a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from Pecker's company for about $150,000.

Rudy Giuliani, now Trump's personal attorney, confirmed to ABC News that the president did have a discussion with Cohen before the election, but the former New York City mayor said the payment to McDougal discussed on that call was never made.

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani told the newspaper of American Media Inc.'s payment.

While, such tapes do not necessarily imply guilt on the part of Cohen or the President, Trump's reaction certainly doesn't sound like something coming from an individual with nothing to worry about.

But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence". She told CNN's Anderson Cooper in March that her first intimate encounter with Trump was in June 2006 after she met him at the Playboy mansion during a taping there of "The Apprentice".

Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been under investigation for his Shady business dealings for quite some time now.

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