Michael Avenatti: Cohen evidenced Trump payoffs, pregnancy cover up

26 July, 2018, 19:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Former Playboy model Karen Mc Dougal says she had a months-long affair with Donald Trump after they met in 2006

The existence of the tape, secretly recorded by his former long-time attorney Michael Cohen two months before the 2016 election, was reported last week by the New York Times, which said the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized it during a raid on Mr Cohen's office this year, AFP reported.

Collins was the pool reporter, meaning she represented all of the networks during a brief photo opportunity in the Oval Office.

For a decade Michael Cohen was Donald Trump's lawyer and general "make-it-go-away-guy". "It was for him", referring to Mr. Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Collins told CNN's Brian Stelter they said the questions she asked were "inappropriate for that venue", and that she had been shouting.

"I did it on my own", Cohen said of the payment, sources told The Journal. After Trump became president his lawyers created a trust that safeguards his interest in the Trump Organization while ostensibly managing the company without his input.

On the tape, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. The company paid McDougal for her story about her rumored affair with the president but never published it, effectively gagging McDougal.

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording. When Cohen says, "Well, I have to pay -", Trump interrupts and says, "Pay with cash".

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Government watchdog group Common Cause has said that the proposed payment benefited Trump's presidential election campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal.

Giuliani contested Davis's interpretation and released the Trump team's version of the transcript, which contradicts Davis. Giuliani said the recording was less than two minutes long, and that there was no indication based on it that Trump knew of the payment to American Media Inc. beforehand.

The tape becomes hard to understand at that point.

Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The former model said she had an affair with the now-president in 2006 around the time his son Barron was born. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? Trump's lawyers say the payments were never made.

"This is about truth versus lying and ultimately Trump is going to be done in by the truth".

But Trump doesn't act surprised by the conversation, which contradicts his campaign's insistence that he knew nothing about the Karen McDougal business.



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