Trump Tweets Cohen Taping 'Perhaps Illegal' but Denies Own Wrongdoing

by Abel Hampton July 24, 2018, 3:07
Trump Tweets Cohen Taping 'Perhaps Illegal' but Denies Own Wrongdoing

The recording was among the documents and materials seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a raid of Cohen's hotel, residence and office in April.

"First, a lawyer taping a client is not illegal", said the source, adding that NY law only requires one party to consent for a recording.

The recording - which was made shortly before the presidential election - was seized during an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office in April, the Times reported, citing lawyers and others familiar with the recording.

The move comes as an attorney for Cohen openly questioned Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's claim that the tape showed no wrongdoing by the President, furthering the growing divide between Trump and Cohen, who had once said he'd take a bullet for the President.

One in particular features Trump and Cohen discussing an affair that Trump had back in 2006 with ex-playmate Karen McDougal. The raid on Cohen's home office and hotel stemmed from an investigation by NY federal prosecutors for potential violations of banking and election laws.

A recording of then-candidate Donald Trump talking about a payment to a woman who claimed they'd had an affair suggests Trump's team later lied about his knowledge of the payment. But the tabloid did not publish the story, keeping it out of public view.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Giuliani said.

Lanny Davis, one of Cohen's lawyers, claimed in a written statement late Friday that the contents of the recording would not be damaging for his client. Citing a person familiar with the recording, The Washington Post reported Friday that in it, Cohen and Trump discussed a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from Pecker's company for about $150,000.

The FBI is also investigating Cohen's payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the election in exchange for silence about an alleged one-time encounter with Trump.

His comments stoked speculation that Mr Cohen could co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, but there has been no indication so far that he has done so.

"I know for a fact that this is not the only tape", Avenatti said. After being silent for more than a decade, she started speaking about it earlier this year, first opening up in an interview with The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow in February.

On the tape, Trump can be heard urging Cohen to make sure he properly documents the agreement to buy the rights and urges him to use a check - rather than cash - to keep a record of the transaction, the person said. But she said her opinion changed this year when she learned new details about the deal, including that her attorney at the time and AMI had both been in contact with Cohen while her deal was being negotiated.

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