The meeting came with Cohen in the spotlight after federal agents raided his home, office and hotel room in April as part of an investigation into his business dealings, including information on any payments to two women who say they had affairs with Trump a decade before he became president: former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client".
Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump's legal team, said in the New York Times article that McDougal, a former model who says she had a yearlong affair with Trump shortly after he married first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFirst lady listens to students discuss online civility Trump to visit Andrews to receive body of fallen secret service member The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, was never paid the amount in question. Although Trump charged in his tweet that the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke into Cohen's office, the agency was executing court-approved warrants in conducting the searches.
The raid was an effort by prosecutors in NY to find out more about work that Cohen had done for the President on payments to women such as porn star Stormy Daniels, and model Karen McDougal.
Ms McDougal, 47, sold her story to the National Enquirer just before the election for $150,000, (pounds 114,000). Mr Trump has denied the affair.
He added: "When the recording is heard, it will not hurt Mr Cohen". The discussion, Giuliani said, involved their intention "to reimburse AMI for what they laid out and to do it by check, properly recorded".
On his way to his golf club in Bedminster, the president ignored several questions from reporters about why his campaign would have denied knowledge of the payments if he was on tape discussing them with Cohen.
Maddow also pointed out another angle of possibility: "Trump's lawyers have essentially taken this away as something that Michael Cohen might have otherwise been exclusively able to offer prosecutors". The U.S. President called "disgraceful" a search of Cohen.
"Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that", Davis said in a statement to the Times.
The President's lawyer also sought to position the President as wronged by the recording.
Mr Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". However, the episode raised the possibility that Mr Cohen secretly recorded other conversations with Mr Trump and senior campaign figures.
A person familiar with Cohen's legal strategy told NBC News that "a lawyer taping a client is not illegal".
Trump's tweets lashed out at both points.
The fact that the special master allowed one-third of the challenged documents to go to the government does not necessarily mean that they are evidence of a crime. But lately Cohen has gone out of his way to distance himself from the President, tweeting shade about the president's Helsinki performance.
"Cohen is talking about buying the rights from AMI (American Media Inc.)", Giuliani told CNN on Friday. It's not clear, however, whether the United States attorney's office would be willing to grant Cohen such a deal.
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