'Get me a Coke!' What's in the Trump-Cohen audio, what's not

by Abel Hampton July 28, 2018, 8:07
'Get me a Coke!' What's in the Trump-Cohen audio, what's not

Collins was the pool reporter, meaning she represented all of the networks during a brief photo opportunity in the Oval Office.

The most valuable recorded conversation between Trump and Cohen is the one that was released by Cohen's attorney on Tuesday, where the two discuss a payment to a former Playboy model.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. Collins told CNN's Brian Stelter they said the questions she asked were "inappropriate for that venue", and that she had been shouting.

"I've spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up", Cohen tells Trump.

The president has denied having the affairーor any knowledge of the payments.

Avenatti demanded that Cohen should put in writing right now that he will not accept a pardon from President Donald Trump as proof of sincerity.

By burying Ms. McDougal's story during the campaign in a practice known in the tabloid industry as "catch and kill", A.M.I. protected Mr. Trump from negative publicity that could have harmed his election chances, spending money to do so. A representative for the company did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case, the Cohen recording or whether it held any discussion about the transfer of the rights to Trump.

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". Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.

Citing unnamed sources, the news outlet reported Cohen had a two-hour talk with CNN's Chris Cuomo - which Cohen apparently secretly recorded - and discussed the October 2016 payment to the adult film actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

"This is about truth vs. lying, and ultimately Donald Trump is going to be done in by the truth", he added.

But Trump doesn't act surprised by the conversation, which contradicts his campaign's insistence that he knew nothing about the Karen McDougal business.

The debate over whether Trump was advocating for payments via cash or cheque is "irrelevant" in determining whether he violated campaign finance laws, said Joshua Douglas, a professor of election law at the University of Kentucky. The conversation addressed an alleged payment to a former Playboy model who is alleged to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.

This statement makes it clear Trump is familiar with the matter and not learning for the first time of McDougal's allegation or the proposal to arrange a payment.


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