Trump Tape Released: Trump Suggests Pay With 'Cash,' Contradicting Giuliani's Claim

Listen CNN Airs Portion of Secret Trump Cohen Audio Recording			TIMOTHY A. CLARY  AFP  Getty Images		24 Jul 2018

Listen CNN Airs Portion of Secret Trump Cohen Audio Recording TIMOTHY A. CLARY AFP Getty Images 24 Jul 2018

In the tape, Trump suggests paying "cash" for the rights to the story.

Cohen explains to Trump that he looked into how to finance the purchase of the story. Despite the comments, the recording was leaked by CNN on Tuesday evening.

In 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed American Media, who owns the pro-Trump National Enquirer, bought the rights to the model's story for $150,000, but didn't publish it. Cohen is rumored to have helped arrange the deal, which took place a month before the secret recording was made.

"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 transcript that we provided CNN accurately reflects the taped conversation", Giuliani told AP. Here the first part of it, which was just played live on @ChrisCuomo's show.

McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump in 2006, something which came to light in the midst of Trump's campaign. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay". Cohen responds, "no, no".

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The timing of the conversation between the GOP nominee and his longtime "fixer" also provides more evidence that Cohen was trying to squash embarrassing stories about Trump before the election - a major focus of the investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

The audio recording isn't clear, so it's hard to tell if the president is asking Cohen to pay in cash or not pay in cash. However, the new audio recording makes that claim suspicious.

In addition to discussing the McDougal payment, Trump and Cohen are overheard running through a list of potential legal issues, including contesting a New York Times request to unseal divorce records from Trump's first wife Ivana as well as more mundane matters such as polling numbers and Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns.

"The only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters", Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said on CNN.

Fox told the assembled panel that she began speaking to Cohen nearly exactly a year ago, and in that time, he went from considering the Trumps to be as close as family to believing they are strategizing to discredit him as a means of "distraction" from the Russian Federation probe.

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