Tape of Trump discussing hush money for alleged affair released

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One of the recordings has already been released.

Trump responds to Cohen's suggestion with a question: "What do we got to pay for this?" "What kind of lawyer would tape a client?" he tweeted on Wednesday. So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?

"Cohen then says "No, no, no, no" and he cuts off the tape".

Read the Post's full report on the additional Trump-Cohen tapes and what made Cohen flip here. "Too bad!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. 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 can then be heard saying the word "cash" but because of the muddled audio, it is unclear what precedes it. When Cohen says, "Well, I have to pay -", Trump interrupts and says, "Pay with cash".

"That wasn't a heated, excitable conversation", said Wilson.

His comments stoked speculation that he might co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, although there has been no confirmation so far that he has done so.

"Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes", Davis said.

"It's not about cash versus noncash".

On the tape, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story. 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.

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"The question is whether the payment was meant to affect the campaign", Douglas said.

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.

Napolitano also said that campaign finance laws may have been broken "but that is up to Mueller". The former Playboy model had sold her story to the Enquirer in the run-up to the election.

"People in Trump's position have all kinds of reasons for making these kind of payments, like family harmony or retaining commercial viability", said Bradley Smith, a professor at Capital University Law School and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Stories alleging that Trump paid off women or hid a pregnancy, or even a child, have always been brushed off by the president.

"We'll have to pay", Cohen said, according to a recording of the conversation that CNN obtained and broadcast Tuesday night. It was turned over to federal prosecutors last Friday, according to a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.

Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed to The Times that Trump discussed payments to McDougal with Cohen, but he said that ultimately no payment was made.

Cohen was proposing to pay AMI, which owns the National Enquirer newspaper, for the rights to McDougal's story. The company paid McDougal for her story about her rumored affair with the president but never published it, effectively gagging McDougal.

It isn't clear whether Mr. Cohen makes any indication on the tape that he arranged the payment to Ms. Clifford in order to bolster Mr. Trump's campaign. 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.

The White House then announced that the press was invited to the Rose Garden, where Trump and Juncker would speak, but Collins was told by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Bill Shine, the new deputy chief of staff for communications, that she was not invited. Cohen has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.