Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Cohen recording of pay-off talk broadcast on US TV

Cohen recording of pay-off talk broadcast on US TV

The conversation, which isn't the best quality, was recorded in 2016 while Trump was still a presidential candidate.

Davis shared the recording with CNN on Tuesday night.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen can be heard saying, which CNN notes likely refers to American Media head David Pecker.

"It sounds like Cohen is not as loyal to the president as he once was", Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, said on "Fox & Friends".

Trump asks for more information and Cohen tells him, "We'll have to pay".

The discussion relates to whether Trump should buy the rights of the story from American Media, which paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story about an alleged 10 month affair with Trump. McDougal finally sued to get out of the agreement so she could talk freely about the ordeal in April 2018.

The former prosecutor said he spent about 4,000 hours listening to legal recordings in his career and he is confident that if the public listens to the tape three times, "it will become clear".

Trump's lawyers waived attorney-client privilege for Trump regarding this recording.

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Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday that former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen "openly expresses disloyalty" to President Donald Trump when they met over breakfast last week as he faces federal investigation on several fronts.

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti urged Cohen again on Wednesday to immediately release "all" the tapes, other evidence in his possession and "come clean" about his conduct and that of the president.

Mr. Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has downplayed the relevance of the tape and said the recording only proves the president's claims that he did not know about the transaction. "The end result is, no payments were made, no cash was given, so this is a big deal about nothing", Dershowitz said.

Davis said he will not give another original copy to any other network.

"The transcript that we provided CNN accurately reflects the taped conversation", Giuliani told The Associated Press.

In recent weeks, Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, has shown increasing signs of a willingness to turn against Trump.

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