Donald Trump Hints That Cohen’s Secret Tape Was Doctored

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Cohen said at the time "In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford".

The lawyer tells the then-candidate, "we'll have to pay", and Trump is heard telling him, "pay with cash", though it's not clear from the recording whether Trump is suggesting paying or not paying. (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer. "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?" Giuliani said the recording was less than two minutes long, and that there was no indication based on it that Trump knew of the payment to American Media Inc. beforehand.

Cohen is under investigation in NY, reportedly for bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

By burying Ms. McDougal's story during the campaign in a practice known in the tabloid industry as "catch and kill", A.M.I. protected Mr. Trump from negative publicity that could have harmed his election chances, spending money to do so.

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I don't believe we have written anything about the "bombshell" tape that President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, leaked to CNN. Trump himself is heard on several of the tapes, but only in small doses, according to the Post.

When he released the tapes of President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, Cohen's lawyer not only caused a media firestorm, but he may have also pulled back the curtain on Trump's systematic tactics to quiet women from his past. 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. Though Trump can be heard using the word "cash", the meaning behind the word's use is still a matter of dispute on both sides.

He has since become the Trump Organization's chief financial officer and one of the president's closest business confidants (alongside Jason Greenblatt, who was Trump's in-house legal counsel before the president named him as a special diplomatic envoy to the Middle East).

The recording was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April when officers raided Cohen's office.

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Giuliani has said that Cohen ultimately never made the payment that Cohen discussed with Trump. Court filings say 12 audio recordings were passed on to federal prosecutors after lawyers dropped any claims of attorney-client privilege. For years, Trump has relied on Cohen to keep secrets and make problems go away.

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis fed the tape to CNN's Chris Cuomo and was on his Cuomo Prime Time show Tuesday to talk about it.

"No, no", Cohen says.

"That failure to be truthful to her and the involvement of Donald Trump and Michael Cohen in that decision is the fraud", he added.

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