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.
Citing "people familiar with the matter", the newspaper said Mr. Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, recorded a almost two-hour conversation with CNN anchorman Chris Cuomo.
Giuliani, Trump's current lawyer, says he's had an expert enhance the muffled recording.
On the tape, Trump and Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story, which she had sold a month earlier to the National Enquirer for $150,000. Davis isn't wrong. And the release of the tape suggests that we have now entered a new phase in the ongoing drama surrounding Cohen and Trump - one in which the man who once pledged he would take a bullet for his boss has now turned on him amid the possibility of major criminal charges following the raid of Cohen's hotel, house and office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April.
This chatter is noteworthy because it shows Cohen advising Trump on campaign matters. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".
‘Inconceivable:’ President Trump Responds To Reports Of Cohen Recording
He said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong. The deal effectively ensured McDougal's silence for the remainder of the presidential campaign.
Avenatti said on Twitter that Cohen has to immediately release all tapes in his possession, "come clean", and quit playing games to prove that his intentions are pure, particularly when it comes to cooperating with federal investigators now combing through Cohen's files.
President Trump speaks during a "Made in America Product Showcase" event at the White House on Monday.
It appears as though Cohen and Trump discussed a civil fraud in that McDougal was led to believe that she was being paid by a media outlet to run her story, while Trump, Cohen and most likely AMI chairman David Pecker had planned never to run the story but rather to bury it. Trump is heard responding, "Pay with cash".
"If Cohen is telling the truth why are he and Lanny Davis misrepresenting the language from President Trump "Do not pay by cash..."
President Donald Trump lashed out at his longtime personal lawyer Wednesday after CNN aired a tape in which the pair discussed how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model.
"Your favorite President did nothing wrong!". At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this".