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Michael Cohen tape fuels debate about Trump, cash and credibility

26 July 2018

He said in a tweet it was "perhaps illegal" for a lawyer to record a client. "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

During the conversation, Cohen assured Cuomo he was not running a tape, the Journal reported - telling the reporter he was putting the phone on his desk and the conversation was off the record.

When he released the tapes of President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, Cohen's lawyer not only caused a media firestorm, but he may have also pulled back the curtain on Trump's systematic tactics to quiet women from his past.

It comes after an interview released earlier this month saw Cohen apparently signal potential willingness to cooperate with prosecutors against his former boss.

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Cohen released the tape of himself seeming to talk with then-candidate Trump about payments to a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump while he was married to his current wife, first lady Melania Trump.

McDougal was paid by the parent company of the National Enquirer, but reports claim that the money actually came from Trump.

The existence of the tape and the substance of its conversation had been public, but broadcast networks have begun airing it since it was obtained by CNN on Tuesday night.

The Enquirer did not publish her kiss-and-tell, and she says she was tricked.

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Instead, Mr Cohen is throwing the punches, raising suspicions that this may be the first blow in an escalating fight with the president.

The other recordings are of conversations in which Cohen mentions the president to someone else, Giuliani said.

The tape doesn't prove McDougal's allegations of an affair and at no point in the recording does Trump acknowledge whether he had a sexual relationship with McDougal. "Anytime a new source of information on the investigation presents itself like Michael Cohen has, it complicates the communications challenge for the White House". 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". "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

In the months since, speculation has grown about what the legal pressure on Cohen might mean for Trump - discussion far removed from Cohen's claim previous year that he would "take a bullet" for the President. Trump's lawyers say the payments were never made.

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"The tape contradicts Giuliani", Davis continued. Cohen said at the time "In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford".

Michael Cohen tape fuels debate about Trump, cash and credibility