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Michael Cohen Tape Suggests Team Trump Lied About Karen McDougal

Michael Cohen Tape Suggests Team Trump Lied About Karen McDougal

He said it was likely leaked as a message from Cohen - "a final shot across the bow at Donald Trump to send a message that time is running out and if Donald Trump does not bring Michael Cohen into the tent or try to protect him, serious consequences are going to result". Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said the recording's contents "will not hurt Mr. Cohen". "We have no knowledge of any of this", Hope Hicks, the campaign spokeswoman, said at the time, adding that McDougal's claim of an affair was "totally untrue". "In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence". Giuliani also said the recording in question is less than two minutes long.

On Monday, Cohen responded to Trump's Helsinki summit with a straightforward message for the President.

"The transaction that Michael is talking about on the tape never took place, but what's important is: If it did take place, the president said it has to be done correctly and it has to be done by check" to keep a proper record of it, Giuliani said. He continued, "Coordinated expenditures are treated as in-kind contributions under campaign finance law and corporations are prohibited from contributing to federal candidates, so AMI's payment to McDougal [would be] an illegal corporate contribution to Trump".

Cohen, who served for a decade as a lawyer at the Trump Organization, was known to sometimes record conversations with associates, store them digitally and then replay them for colleagues, as The Washington Post reported in April.

While less politically compelling than the president's actions as an overt, pro-Russian turncoat, the revelation has grave legal implications for the president.

He asks Cohen how they would pursue buying the rights.

But even if he doesn't decide to "flip" on the President, the mere fact that he recorded conversations with his former boss may be both men's undoing, especially in the event a criminal case is brought.

It is unclear why Cohen and Trump discussed how to purchase the story from AMI and then apparently did not complete the transaction. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump's secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.

Mr Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". Two other sources said that beyond the tape with the President there were other recordings of "powerful" people speaking with Cohen that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized.

On Saturday, Giuliani told Reuters the conversation was held at Trump's office in Trump Tower and that Cohen used a hidden device to record the conversation.

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.

She told CNN previously that he tried to pay her for sex. She said that she turned down the offer and that she began a relationship that included interactions between the two "many dozens of times".

In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Ms McDougal sold her story to the National Enquirer, which is owned by a personal friend of Mr Trump. McDougal, 47, alleges that she had a 10-month romantic affair with Trump in 2006.

The story was never published.

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