Trump and Michael Cohen on tape: Did Trump say "cash" or "check?"

Trump and Michael Cohen on tape: Did Trump say

Trump and Michael Cohen on tape: Did Trump say "cash" or "check?"

In the recording, Trump can be heard saying "pay with cash".

Michael Cohen's lawyer gave CNN on Tuesday the audio recording of a September 2016 conversation between Cohen and Donald Trump regarding buying the rights to a former Playboy model's story about the affair she said she had with Trump in 2007. She told Anderson Cooper that she believed National Enquirer's purchasing of the story was a favor for Mr. Trump in the last few months of the presidential election.

That's according to a secretly recorded tape of the conversation released amid an escalating feud between the president and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Among them are a New York Times request to unseal Trump's divorce records related to his first wife Ivana. Giuliani says that shows Mr. Trump was trying to be above board.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, a likely reference to American Media boss David Pecker.

Giuliani also took his spin to Fox News on Tuesday night, telling the network that there's "no indication of any crime being committed on this tape" and claiming the tape was "leaked on us with a very, very scurrilous description" of what was on it.

Rudy Giuliani tells The Associated Press that Trump did not want to pay cash and "suggesting otherwise is ridiculous".

"Denials and tweets in all caps do not make campaign finance violations go away", said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause. "Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump", Davis said. The story was never published by AMI. Federal investigators uncovered the recording in April during raids on Cohen's home and offices. During the office's 2014 investigation of a NY state anti-corruption commission, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, for example, Petrillo was angered with prosecutors after a newspaper story disclosed that his client in that probe was to be interviewed by federal investigators, according to people familiar with the matter.

Cohen was proposing to pay AMI, which owns the National Enquirer newspaper, for the rights to McDougal's story.

Davis told Axios that Cohen is sending a message with the tape's release: "I am no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew - taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier".

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