'What do we got to pay?' Inside the Trump-Cohen tape

by Abel Hampton July 27, 2018, 11:14
'What do we got to pay?' Inside the Trump-Cohen tape

He also said that Cohen "conspired" with Trump to pay off "multiple" other women, and that there is "new evidence" of all this.

Trump can then be heard saying the word "cash" but because of the muddled audio, it is unclear what precedes it. Cohen quickly replies, "No, no, no, no, no".

Cohen's lawyer, Bill Clinton associate Lanny Davis, provided the tape to CNN on Cohen's behalf.

This could be a reference to Mr Trump's friend, David Pecker, president of American Media Inc, the National Enquirer's parent company.

In addition to being involved in efforts to hush up McDougal's story, he famously paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels just weeks before the election to silence her own claims of an alleged one-night stand with Trump.

The Michael Cohen tape, aired by CNN's Chris Cuomo, has very much put in play who said what to whom about a possible payoff to a former Playboy model and Rudy Giuliani's previous claim that the tape would vindicate the president. Trump on Wednesday suggested the tape was cut just as he was "presumably saying positive things", although there was no evidence of that. "Can this be so?"

"MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the Michael Cohen tape fueling a debate about Trump, cash and credibility.

During the conversation with Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Cohen assured the reporter that he wasn't running a tape, according to the people familiar with the matter. Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public. Now!

"This is about truth vs. lying, and ultimately Donald Trump is going to be done in by the truth", he added. Collins said she told them she was being banned because "you don't like the questions I asked", and they responded that her network wasn't banned, "but you are not invited to the Rose Garden today".

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. "If you wanted to hide something, you would not do it by corporation or cheque".

A former Trump stalwart, Mr Cohen once famously vowed he would take a bullet for the president.

About a dozen audio recordings were seized and passed to federal prosecutors. But it would be a harder case to make if the payment was seen as merely created to protect Trump, who is married, from embarrassment in his personal or private life.

Trump is legally bound to disclose campaign donations and expenditures, and the payments, which Trump denies happening, allegedly made to McDougal and Daniels went unreported by both Cohen and Trump.

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