Trump responds to Cohen taping: 'Your favourite president did nothing wrong'

Donald Trump Michael Cohen and Karen McDougal

Donald Trump Michael Cohen and Karen McDougal

President Donald Trump on Saturday described as "totally unheard of" the action of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen after it emerged that he had secretly taped a discussion about payments to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with the president.

"When the recording is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen", Davis said in a statement. Like a majority of states, NY has a "one-party consent" wiretap law meaning it is legal to make a recording of a private conversation so long as one of the people involved is aware and consents to the recording. A federal special master in New York City has already prohibited prosecutors from accessing over 2,500 documents seized from Cohen because they are privileged, upholding almost two-thirds of the privilege assertions Cohen's defense team has made.

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.

The Times report indicates the Federal Bureau of Investigation is already in possession of the tape from their controversial raid on Cohen's office in April where they seized millions of electronic and hard-copy documents.

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. So Cohen's actions were not illegal.

But the outlet never published the piece.

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Giuliani also denied Trump had an affair with McDougal.

Rudy Giuliani, the public face of Trump's legal team, said the payment was never made and suggested that the recording was "exculpatory" when the New York Times first reported on the matter.

Giuliani confirmed the conversation to Reuters and that it took place in September 2016 but said it involved reimbursing the parent company of the National Enquirer tabloid for McDougal's story rights.

In recent weeks, Cohen's public remarks have raised suspicions that he could be willing to seek a cooperation agreement with the U.S. attorney's office that would require him to provide information federal prosecutors could use against other individuals they are examining.

David Pecker, the head of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, is a longtime friend of both Trump's and Cohen's. He told the Times that the president is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

The other woman, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, says Cohen paid her $130,000 in exchange for her silence about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

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