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25 July 2018, 02:03 | Tara Lloyd
President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday morning at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and mischaracterized the government's April raid of Cohen's home and business, one day after reports that Cohen recorded a conversation with Trump about a former Playboy model who says Trump had an affair with her.
"It was already out there so seemed no point in objecting except on principle", Giuliani said.
Most states, including NY, allow for recordings of phone conversations with only the consent of one party; other states require all parties to agree to a recording or have mixed laws on the matter. The raid on Cohen's home office and hotel stemmed from an investigation by NY federal prosecutors for potential violations of banking and election laws.
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal (pic) claims she had a months-long affair with Trump after they met in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. But she said her opinion changed this year when she learned new details about the deal, including that her attorney at the time and AMI had both been in contact with Cohen while her deal was being negotiated.
The company, run by Trump friend and supporter David Pecker, never published it. Giuliani revealed earlier this year that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, despite the president previously denying that he had any knowledge of the payment.
In a statement Friday, President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed the recording's existence and said no payment was ever made. "But, suffice it so say, that when the recording that has been widely reported is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen". An attorney for Cohen called Trump's statement "false".
How many more women are involved in what now seems to be a coordinated pattern and practice on the part of Cohen and Trump to silence women for Trump's political gain? "We have no knowledge of any of this", Hope Hicks, the campaign spokeswoman, said at the time, adding that McDougal's claim of an affair was "totally untrue".
Trump told Cohen in the recorded conversation to make a potential payment in the form of a check so it could be documented, Giuliani said in the article.
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McDougal also has filed a lawsuit seeking the right to speak publicly about her alleged affair with Trump. The special master had designated the recording as privileged, according to two sources familiar with the process, but Trump's lawyers subsequently waived their right to maintain that designation.
"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", he said.
McDougal says she began a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron. It's unclear where Trump and Cohen were when the recording was made, which sources said was about two months before the November 2016 election.
Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape".
The White House has said Trump denies having sex with Daniels. The Wall Street Journal reported subsequently that the conversation took place in person. It could also further entangle the president in a criminal investigation that for months has targeted Mr Cohen.
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