Politico: Giuliani says Cohen recorded Trump discussing payments to former Playboy model21 July 2018 | 10:27 | FOCUS News Agency
The talk took place two months before the presidential election, the Times reported. FBI officials, who are investigating Cohen’s role in providing hush payments to women who claim they had affairs with Trump, took the recording into custody during a raid on the lawyer’s office.
Not only was the payment discussed never made, but Trump had no prior knowledge of it, Giuliani said.
“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani told the Times. “In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence.”
He added that, in the two-minute recording, Trump told Cohen to write a check, so that the payment to the former model would be documented.
The woman, Karen McDougal, has alleged she and Trump had a 10-month affair, beginning in 2006 and ending in 2007.
American Media Inc. reportedly paid her $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story before declining to publish it; McDougal has said the deal was an elaborate effort by Cohen to keep her from going on the record.
The revelation is the most recent in a string of developments illustrating Cohen’s potential risk to Trump. Caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation, the former Trump Organization executive has signaled his willingness to cooperate with authorities, telling ABC News in July that he plans to “put family and country first.”
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