The release of the tape, which was first reported by The New York Times last week, has fanned speculation about how much damage Cohen can inflict on the president. "And says, "No, no, no, I got it.' And then you hear - distinctly ... if you're careful and you slow (the tape) it down - 'check.' And then Cohen follows with 'No, no, no, ' and then quickly cuts off the tape".
The dramatic leak of a taped conversation between Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen signals an aggressive new strategy by the former fixer, raising questions about how much the United States leader has to fear should he cooperate with prosecutors. Davis is a columnist for The Hill.
Trump then turns his attention to Cohen, his longtime friend and attorney. Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Hannity that this payment was reimbursed and that President Trump knew about it. Giuliani also claimed that the payment was related to the campaign.
Cohen, who no longer works for the USA president, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws. "The juiciest parts may be yet to come". Trump lashed out Wednesday morning over the release of the tape.
Trump's anger at his former attorney was also on full display.
"What kind of lawyer would tape a client?" He believes that along with the president, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who he once considered a brother, are all working to undermine him.
Karen McDougal, the model, alleges she began a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006.
"What financing?" says Trump, interrupting Cohen.
A notable (and predictable) exception was Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti. "If Mr. Cohen wants to do the right thing, where are tapes relating to my client?"
Napolitano explained that the potential fraud associated with the payments to McDougal would only be a civil fraud, which is less serious than a criminal fraud because McDougal wasn't tricked into losing money.
Trump denies the affair. (AMI), acted improperly on behalf of Trump through its dealings with Cohen, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The woman, former Playboy model Karen McDougal, had signed a $150,000 deal in August 2016 for her story with American Media Inc., parent company of The National Enquirer. Ms McDougal sold her story to the National Enquirer, which never published it.
"We can't comment on a tape that hasn't been released", said former prosecutor Rudolph W. Giuliani, the public face of Mr. Trump's legal team.
On Tuesday night, Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani disputed the idea that the recording shows that Trump knew about the McDougal deal. Giuliani confirmed to ABC News Trump did have a discussion with Cohen before the election but he said that the payment that was being discussed was never made.
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