There is no evidence of a crime in the leaked tape of President Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen, but Cohen could be in legal jeopardy if he was the source behind the leak, according to Alan Dershowitz. "So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?" As she noted in her most recent Vanity Fair report, however, the fixer has no intention to "roll over and die".
President Donald Trump's new lawyer on Tuesday evening scrambled to spread his legal team's conflicting take on what was revealed in the release of tapes of Trump's conversation with his former lawyer about a payment to a former Playboy model just ahead of the 2016 election.
The recording offers the public a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Trump and Cohen, and it confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump about a decade ago. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.
Michael Cohen and the publisher of the National Enquirer forged an alliance over the years, looking out for the interests of Donald Trump and each other.
"They're discussing a conspiracy to repay a tabloid owner for buying and spiking a story by the candidate's mistress".
"So, what do we got to pay for this?"
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"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 interjects to ask "What financing" which his lawyer responds: 'We'll have to pay'.
The audio is muffled, but can be heard saying to "pay with cash" and Cohen immediately says, "no, no".
Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel [Melania Trump] watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news. But, Giuliani went on to say that Trump told Cohen if he were to make a payment to use a check instead of cash.
In the recording released on Tuesday, Cohen tells Trump of his plans to set up a shell company and then finance the purchase of the rights from AMI.
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.