CNN Leaks Confidential Trump-Cohen Recording

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President Donald Trump lashed out at his longtime personal lawyer Wednesday after CNN aired a tape in which the pair discussed how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model.

Mr Giuliani said Mr Cohen had recorded the McDougal conversation at Trump Tower in NY using a hidden device.

In the unwieldy tape, Cohen and Trump appear to be discussing plans to set up a shell company buy the rights to McDougal's story, which was purchased by American Media Inc.

A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney, Michael Cohen and U.S. President Donald Trump from outside federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018 and in the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. But it would be a harder case to make if the payment was seen as merely created to protect Trump, who is married, from embarrassment in his personal or private life.

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Giuliani contested Davis's interpretation and released the Trump team's version of the transcript, which contradicts Davis.

"Cohen then says "No, no, no, no" and he cuts off the tape". Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, released the recording to CNN Tuesday night in what is seen as an open hostility between Trump and Cohen.

"I did it on my own", Mr. Cohen said of the payment, according to the people familiar with the matter. "The vast majority of the media is reporting this as if Trump said "Pay in cash" because it sounds more guilty if that's what he said".

Rudy Giuliani told Laura Ingraham it was "outrageous" for Cohen to tape his client surreptitiously and "foolhardy for them to try to yell and scream and make believe what's on the tape". While Davis said Trump was suggesting the two pay cash, Giuliani's version of the transcript says Trump is saying, "Don't pay with cash...check".

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While Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani continues to insist that the president never made the hush payment and that the tape does not reveal any wrongdoing, lawmakers and ethics experts argued that the newly released audio provides evidence of a serious campaign finance violation, which was committed in the service of squashing an embarrassing pre-election story.

Throughout the interview, Davis painted Cohen as a victim of attacks by Trump, Giuliani and their allies.

Moreover, Cohen has only worked for Trump since 2006, and he never operated as a traditional lawyer. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.

"The idea that the president was involved with other women is bait into his candidate model and no news to anyone..." He has since become the Trump Organization's chief financial officer and one of the president's closest business confidants (alongside Jason Greenblatt, who was Trump's in-house legal counsel before the president named him as a special diplomatic envoy to the Middle East). At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this".

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