Cohen recording of pay-off talk broadcast on US TV

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President Trump is blasting his former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, for releasing a secretly recorded conversation between the two men about an alleged payment involving a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

Last week, Giuliani said the recording would prove that "the President said it has to be done correctly and it has to be done by check". When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay".

"No, no", Cohen says. "Um", he says, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David". AMI's chairman, David Pecker, is a friend of the president and he is also referred to on the tape.

On the tape, which was broadcast on Tuesday, Trump can be heard discussing with Cohen how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model in 2006 and buying the rights to her story.

Trump suggested Wednesday that the tape cuts off when he was "presumably saying positive things" and that other clients and reporters were taped by Cohen. "So, I'm all over that".

Throughout the interview, Davis painted Cohen as a victim of attacks by Trump, Giuliani and their allies.

They are investigating his business practices, as is the team led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating matters connected to Cohen as part of the broader probe of Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president. A source has told Fox that no payment was ever made to McDougal.

The leaking of the tape and reports that there are further recordings has fanned speculation about how much damage Cohen can inflict on the president and whether he is now mulling a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors.

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.

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.

In New York state it is legal to record a conversation if one party consents. The suit says the foundation routinely and willfully broke the law by engaging in self-dealing that ultimately came to include illegal coordination with Trump's political campaign. He has paid household bills, made large purchases for Trump, and has communicated with Trump's outside investment advisers. He believes that along with the president, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who he once considered a brother, are all working to undermine him.

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