BREAKING NEWS: Cohen made tape of call with Trump about Playboy model

BREAKING NEWS: There ARE tapes: Michael Cohen made a recording of conversation with Trump about Playboy model who claims she had affair with Trump and took $150,000 payment

  • The FBI seized Michael Cohen’s devices during a raid on his home and office this spring 
  • The longtime Trump lawyer is known to have made numerous recordings
  • The New York Times reported authorities have a two-minute tape of a conversation between Cohen and Trump 
  •  It relates to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump
  • Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said it is ‘powerful exculpatory evidence’ for Trump

Authorities have obtained a copy of a recording of a conversation Donald Trump had with his longtime attorney Michael Cohen two months before Election Day about a Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump.

The model, Karen McDougal, ultimately got a $150,000 payment from the National Enquirer for her story, although it never ran. She says she had a year-long affair with Trump.

The FBI seized Cohen’s devices during a raid on his home and office in New York this spring. A court then oversaw the culling of millions of documents and files to determine which ones might be protected by attorney-client priveledge.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the recording is two minutes long, the New York Times reported.   

McDougal says she had a year-long affair with Trump after the birth of his son Baron

CNN reported on air that Trump only learned of the existence of the tape this week and exclaimed, ‘I can’t believe Michael would do this to me.’

Cohen is under criminal investigation on possible tax and campaign finance charges, and it is unclear if the tape would apply added pressure him.

President Trump and his associates are closely watching Cohen to see if he decides to cooperate with authorities should charges be brought against him.

If payments to McDougal are deemed to have been an effort to circumvent campaign finance laws and their strict limits on monetary contributions to a political campaign, it could provide legal exposure for Cohen. 

Giuliani said the recording would play to Trump’s benefit.  

McDougal is seen far right in this photo with Melania Trump (third from left), Donald Trump (center), and Ivanka Trump (third from right

McDougal received a $150,000 payment in exchange for her story, which never ran

Cohen is under criminal investigation. Authorities obtained tape he made of a conversation with Trump about McDougal

‘Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,’ Giuliani said, according to the Times, and said Trump told Cohen that if he made a payment to McDougal, he should write a check, rather than using cash, so it could be properly documented.

In the case of another woman who claimed an affair with Trump, porn star Stormy Daniels, Cohen did write her a check, using an LLC he set up immediately beforehand. 


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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the phone call would be ‘exculpatory’ for his client

Cohen has retained new legal representation, a possible signal he may be preparing to cooperate with prosecutors

The alleged affair began shortly after the birth of Trump’s son, Baron

Cohen’s new lawyer Lanny Davis provided no comment

‘In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence,’ said Giuliani.

When the Wall Street Journal broke the story on the payment and the alleged affair days before the election, Trump spokeswoman and later White House communications director Hope Hicks said, ‘We have no knowledge of any of this.’ 

Under the arrangement, David Pecker, chairman of American Media, which owns the National Enquirer, oversaw a $150,000 payment to McDougal. Pecker is a longtime friend of Trump’s and a political supporter.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said it is ‘powerful exculpatory evidence’ for Trump

Cohen met with MSBNC host and New York figure Rev. Al Sharpton, who he says he has known for 20 years.

‘Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney. I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned,’ Sharpton teased on Twitter.

‘I’ve known [Cohen] for maybe 20 years. He was a Democrat. He used to broker meetings between Trump and I when we were fighting,’ Sharpton followed up.

Cohen replied to one of Sharpton’s tweets, writing: ‘I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to!’ 

 

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