conversation with his former attorney Michael Cohen, where the two seem to be discussing payments to buy the rights to an adult-film actress's story about her purported affair with Trump.

Mr. Davis is a good lawyer but his client Mr. Cohen is not innocent nor is he a victim. Is this a first, never heard of it before?

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.

Facing an FBI investigation after years of acting as a "fixer" for Trump, Cohen, also a key figure in the Russian Federation investigation, increasingly appears to have flipped on his former boss in what's quickly become the greatest legal threat to his presidency.


During the conversation, Cohen assured Cuomo he was not running a tape, the Journal reported - telling the reporter he was putting the phone on his desk and the conversation was off the record. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron. He says Trump actually says, "Don't pay with cash", showing Trump was not trying to hide the potential payment to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal's story from becoming public. The company paid McDougal for her story about her rumored affair with the president but never published it, effectively gagging McDougal.

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.

Echoing Lieu and McGovern, journalist David Atkins argued that the tape shows Trump and Cohen "discussing a conspiracy to repay a tabloid owner for buying and spiking a story by the candidate's mistress". If true, Cohen should sign a statement this morning stating he will not under any circumstances accept a pardon from Mr. Trump and release it publicly.

But what's new and especially threatening to Trump's presidency is Cohen's material, of which there seems to be plenty. His current lawyer denies that payment took place. "So sad!" Trump wrote, blasting his former longtime fixer, but not addressing the substance of what was said on the tape.


Lawyer Michael Avenatti alleged Cohen had evidence of Trump paying off multiple women and tried to cover up a pregnancy.

The tape, made in September 2016, two months before the election, was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis.

Cohen's attorney has said he released the tape after being subjected to an "intense campaign of disparagement" by the president's team.

Caputo admitted to being "shocked" upon discovering Cohen had secretly recorded conversations with Trump but did not anticipate any legal landmines.


Trump was outraged at the raid on Cohen in April, declaring on Twitter that "attorney client privilege is dead" on Twitter and calling the search "an attack on our country". Davis and Giuliani did not respond to a request for further comment.

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