President Trump Speaks out on Alleged Cohen Recording - Timothy Meads

President Trump Speaks out on Alleged Cohen Recording - Timothy Meads

President Trump Speaks out on Alleged Cohen Recording - Timothy Meads

NY law allows one party to a conversation to tape it without the other knowing. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.

Trump did not mention Cohen by name but appeared to be responding to reports that Cohen recorded a conversation with him in September 2016 in which they discussed possible payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal - who claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Rachel Maddow suspects the news of this damning tape Michael Cohen has of Donald Trump may have been leaked from the Trump camp. But the tabloid sat on the story, which kept it from becoming public. Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said the recording's contents "will not hurt Mr. Cohen".

Despite the facts, the Times article does its best - which isn't much - to turn the useless recording into a smoking gun against Trump.

Stephen Gillers, an authority of legal ethics and professor at New York University School of Law, told The American Lawyer in April that such recordings are "an issue on which the national profession has not come to common agreement", but he argued that law firms should forbid the practice except in very narrow circumstances.

Trump had apparently been unaware of the recordings until he was told about them earlier this week.

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that [Trump] had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani said. He adds, "Despite current presidential fixer Rudy Giuliani, Cohen's latest successor, saying that the tapes are good for the president, it is hard to see an upside to secretly taped recordings about payments to a former mistress during the heat of a presidential campaign, and other sources are already contradicting Giuliani's spin".

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The White House has said that Mr Trump denies having an affair with Ms McDougal and that he has denied having sex with Stormy Daniels.

McDougal says she had an year-long affair with Trump more than a decade ago, which Trump has denied.

Questions surround $150,000 that McDougal was paid for her story by the National Enquirer, which then allegedly buried the story to protect Trump, who is known to be close to David Pecker, the CEO of the company that owns the Enquirer.

Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Giuliani said.

But Davis tweeted on Saturday that Trump and Giuliani's strategy in the matter was "flawed; just as is #Trump's false #Twitter statement made against" Cohen. The Wall Street Journal reported subsequently that the conversation took place in person. "Any attempt at spin cannot change what is on the tape".

Cohen reportedly parted ways with his legal team last month to hire new counsel as federal investigators continue to dig into his business dealings. "It is ironic that Trump would complain about a privileged tape that would not have been released and then chooses to make it public himself", the source added.

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