Secret Trump-Cohen tape released, but what's on it in dispute

Former Playboy model Karen Mc Dougal says she had a months-long affair with Donald Trump after they met in 2006

Former Playboy model Karen Mc Dougal says she had a months-long affair with Donald Trump after they met in 2006

There is no evidence of a crime in the leaked tape of President Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen, but Cohen could be in legal jeopardy if he was the source behind the leak, according to Alan Dershowitz. 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.

Giuliani said the conversation was held at Trump's office in Trump Tower and that Cohen used a hidden device to record the conversation.

Legal experts have said a payment would not violate such laws if it were made for personal reasons.

The National Enquirer supermarket tabloid paid $150,000 in August 2016 for a story from Karen McDougal, who alleges she had a months-long affair with Trump in 2006.

The existence of the tape and the substance of its conversation had been public, but broadcast networks have begun airing it since it was obtained by CNN on Tuesday night. "Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani told ABC News last week.

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"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen is heard saying on the tape-which CNN points out is likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. "I've dealt with much worse tapes than this". Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Hannity that this payment was reimbursed and that President Trump knew about it. Giuliani also claimed that the payment was related to the campaign. The parties had previously claimed the 12 recordings were "privileged" and couldn't be seen by the government. Ms McDougal sold her story to the National Enquirer, which never published it. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay".

Cohen, who has fallen out with Trump, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws.

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording.

A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney, Michael Cohen and U.S. President Donald Trump from outside federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018 and in the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018.

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