The Issue Raised By Cohen’s Trump Tape

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President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen recorded a conversation with a CNN reporter, saying he arranged "on my own" a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?" Is this a first, never heard of it before? "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

Weisselberg, on the other hand, has worked for the Trump family since the 1970s, and knows more about the Trump Organization's history and finances than almost anyone.

As I noted in a column in April, the press and others have sometimes characterized Cohen as the man who knows all of Trump's secrets or even, errantly, as someone who ran the Trump Organization with the president's children.


The Journal reported that during their conversation, the lawyer assured Mr. Cuomo that he wasn't taping it and that their talk was off the record.

On the 2016 recording, which was made secretly and played on CNN llast night, Trump's then-lawyer Cohen is heard discussing the matter with him and brings up the "financing" of the payoff with then-candidate Trump, who asks, "What financing?"

She sold her story to the National Enquirer, signing a $150,000 agreement that gave the tabloid exclusive story rights and banned her from talking publicly about the alleged affair.

McDougal later sued, claiming that AMI paid for the story with the intention of burying it to protect Trump.


The Enquirer's chairman, David J. Pecker, is a personal friend of Trump's, and McDougal has accused Cohen of taking part in the deal. Big cash payments signal shady business and Cohen, who was well adapted to Trump's environment of intrigue and deception, was obviously trying to save the boss from himself.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David", Cohen says.

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. Davis and Giuliani did not respond to a request for further comment.

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording.


"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", said Giuliani, adding that Trump had previously told Cohen that if he were to make a payment related to the woman, to write a check instead of sending cash so that the transaction could be properly documented. Weisselberg hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing.

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