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Tape reveals Trump and lawyer discussing payoff over alleged affair

27 July 2018

The government seized more than 100 recordings from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeadows threatens to force a vote on Rosenstein impeachment Republican feels "victimized" by Twitter "shadow banning" GOP senators surprised to attend Trump's tariffs announcement MORE's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that include conversations with reporters and others discussing topics related to the president, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The payment was never made and Mr Giuliani said he didn't know why that was the case and hadn't discussed it with Mr Trump.

The lawyer tells the then-candidate, "we'll have to pay", and Trump is heard telling him, "pay with cash", though it's not clear from the recording whether Trump is suggesting paying or not paying.

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Breaking: Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. But it's at least conceivable that AMI bought the rights to McDougal's story on its own initiative and then let Trump know, triggering Trump's and Cohen's interest in buying those rights from them. That's borderline preposterous given Trump's friendship with AMI chief David Pecker, but rest assured that that's what the Enquirer will argue if the FEC comes knocking or McDougal tries to sue them for fraud herself. Those are both troublesome things for Trump - not because of McDougal's situation but because of the payoff to Stormy Daniels, which *was* actually completed and which would be a legal problem for him if it's deemed to have been made for the objective of influencing an election, i.e.an unreported campaign contribution. And it directly contradicts a statement made later by the campaign. "When Mr. Giuliani ... accused my client, Mr. Cohen, of saying the word 'cash, ' I said, 'Wait for the tapes'".

During the campaign, the Trump team denied any knowledge of the deal between Ms McDougal and American Media.

While Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani previously insisted Cohen suggested using cash to buy the story, Davis pointed to the audio as proof that it was Trump's suggestion all along.

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In an ABC News interview released on July 2, Cohen said his family and the country commanded his "first loyalty", the first fuel to that speculation.

With the release of Michael Cohen's secret recording of Donald Trump, a huge mucky rock was overturned. "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

Asked if Cohen was still seeking a presidential pardon while under federal investigation, Davis responded simply, "No". "Ultimately Donald Trump is going to be done in by the truth".

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Tape reveals Trump and lawyer discussing payoff over alleged affair