Federal investigators have seized more than 100 recordings that Michael Cohen made of conversations he had with people related to President Donald Trump and his business and campaign dealings, The Washington Post reported.
Cohen, who no longer works for the USA president, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws. His new-found willingness to share details of his work will rattle the president.
The person said Trump's legal team didn't know "exactly what Cohen" has told others, but added that the lawyers "have the tapes" and "heard them all". (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer.
"Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016". The tabloid never published the story.
Trump responded to the release of the tape by trying to undermine Cohen's professionalism. Trump himself is heard on several of the tapes, but only in small doses, according to the Post.
Such a payment could be regarded as an illegal campaign expenditure if the money is clearly meant to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. On one level, it's hardly a smoking gun since the payment that Trump and Cohen are discussing never actually happened.
The tape doesn't prove McDougal's allegations of an affair and at no point in the recording does Trump acknowledge whether he had a sexual relationship with McDougal.
To be fair, the audio is muddled, so it's not clear exactly what Trump is talking about.
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Whole sections in the application - detailing the FBI's justification for believing Page was a Russian agent - are blacked out. The FBI said it suspected Page had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government".
Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Mr Cohen: "We'll have to pay".
In the recording, Trump can be heard saying "pay with cash". It features the two men discussing paying for the rights to a story of a former Playboy model who alleged she had an affair with Trump.
When previously questioned about Ms McDougal, President Trump had denied the affair and said he had no knowledge of any payment.
Also unclear is why the audio ends so abruptly. "When Mr. Giuliani ... accused my client, Mr. Cohen, of saying the word 'cash, ' I said, 'Wait for the tapes'".
But things changed after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and home in April. For years, Trump has relied on Cohen to keep secrets and make problems go away.
The tape, made in September 2016, two months before the election, was provided to CNN by Mr Cohen's attorney, Mr Lanny Davis.
"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker.