The secret audio recordings of Donald Trump discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy a Playboy model’s story about her alleged affair with him, have been revealed.
The tapes, obtained and aired by CNN on Tuesday, confirm that the president knew about his lawyer’s proposal to buy Karen McDougal’s story – despite his insistence that Cohen acted on his own without his knowledge.
Cohen is heard telling Trump he plans to set up a company to purchase the rights of the story from American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.
Trump interjects to ask ‘What financing’ which his lawyer responds: ‘We’ll have to pay.’
‘Pay with cash’, then-presidential candidate Trump responded.
The audio is then a little muffled, so it is not clear if he then suggested to pay with cash or not to pay, but Cohen’s reply of ‘no, no,’ was heard clearly.
What follows, is again unclear.
Trump’s new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insists the president never paid McDougal but had acknowledged that the audio, which dates back to September 2016, captured a discussion related to the buying the story rights.
Federal prosecutors obtained 12 audio recordings from the FBI raids on Cohen’s offices earlier this year.
Trump’s lawyers waived the attorney-client privilege for Trump regarding this recording. (Daily Mail)