Trump says 'too bad' after Cohen audio recording released

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

"I did it on my own", Cohen said, according to the Journal. (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer.

President Donald Trump's legal troubles with his former lawyer Michael Cohen took a damaging twist on Thursday. Trump has denied not only the affair but knowledge that Pecker's company paid her off then spiked its promised story about it in a so-called "catch and kill" move.

Cohen says he's already spoken with the Trump Organization's finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, on "how to set the whole thing up".

Moreover, Cohen has only worked for Trump since 2006, and he never operated as a traditional lawyer.

Weisselberg also served as treasurer of the president's troubled philanthropy, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, which the New York State Attorney General has sued for allegations involving "extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law".

Such a payment could be regarded as an illegal campaign expenditure if the money is clearly meant to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.

Giuliani has said that Cohen ultimately never made the payment that Cohen discussed with Trump.

During an interview on Fox News, Napolitano explained why the secretly recorded tape could be concerning for Trump and his associates.

In the conversation with Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Cohen discusses the $130,000 paid to Ms. Daniels, the porn actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who claimed to have had an affair a decade ago with the future president.

At one point, Cohen says of David, "I'll have to pay him something". 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. Big cash payments signal shady business and Cohen, who was well adapted to Trump's environment of intrigue and deception, was obviously trying to save the boss from himself.

Mr Trump and Michael Cohen discuss buying the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story.

Mr Giuliani said the president says "don't pay with cash". "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

But things changed after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and home in April.

Mr Trump's current lawyer, Mr Rudy Giuliani, said he got an audio expert to enhance the recording, the Associated Press reported. For years, Trump has relied on Cohen to keep secrets and make problems go away.

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis handed the tape to CNN's Chris Cuomo who then played it live on-air late Tuesday. If he winds up in investigators' crosshairs for secreting payoffs, he could potentially provide much more damaging information to prosecutors than Cohen ever could about the president's dealmaking.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti alleged Cohen had evidence of Trump paying off multiple women and tried to cover up a pregnancy.

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