GOP Strategist: Cohen Tape Reveals Trump Systematically Silenced Women

Former Playboy model Karen Mc Dougal says she had a months-long affair with Donald Trump after they met in 2006

Instead, Mr Cohen is throwing the punches, raising suspicions that this may be the first blow in an escalating fight with the president. The two discuss polling numbers and the impact of a supportive African-American pastor.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.

At one point during the Ivana discussion, Trump yells out, "Get me a Coke, please!".

"I did it on my own", Mr. Cohen said of the payment, according to the people familiar with the matter. (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer.

Avenatti demanded that Cohen should put in writing right now that he will not accept a pardon from President Donald Trump as proof of sincerity. The tabloid never published the story.

Mr Giuliani said Mr Cohen had recorded the McDougal conversation at Trump Tower in NY using a hidden device. "What kind of lawyer would tape a client?" he tweeted on Wednesday.

Weisselberg's involvement raises questions about whether Trump's private business tried to protect his campaign.

"It clearly indicates that the president did not want to pay with cash".

Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed to The Times that Trump discussed payments to McDougal with Cohen, but he said that ultimately no payment was made.

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The tape becomes hard to understand at that point.

Just days ahead of the presidential election, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told the Wall Street Journal on its report of the $150,000 United States payment to McDougal: "We have no knowledge of any of this". Mr Cohen: "We'll have to pay". Trump is heard saying "pay with cash" but the audio is muddled and it's unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Giuliani said the recording was less than two minutes long, and that there was no indication based on it that Trump knew of the payment to American Media Inc. beforehand.

Karen McDougal, the model, alleges she began a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006.

Government watchdog group Common Cause has said that the proposed payment benefited Trump's presidential election campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal. "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

Special Master Barbara Jones has released 12 audio recordings to prosecutors, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized from the raid of Michael Cohen's office back on April 9. Court filings say 12 audio recordings were passed on to federal prosecutors after lawyers dropped any claims of attorney-client privilege.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, told the Post that his client didn't make the recordings for any nefarious or untoward purposes.

Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, released the recording to CNN on Tuesday night in what is seen as an open hostility between the USA president and Cohen.

Michael D'Antonio is author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" (St. Martin's Press).

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