New Cohen tape surfaces a bigger Trump fish

April FrancisJul 27, 2018

Trump responded to the tapes by saying Cohen taping him was "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal", though in NY only one party needs to consent to taping.

Instead, Mr Cohen is throwing the punches, raising suspicions that this may be the first blow in an escalating fight with the president.

She sold her story to the National Enquirer, signing a $150,000 agreement that gave the tabloid exclusive story rights and banned her from talking publicly about the alleged affair.

The report suggests that some of the recordings that do not include Trump may still pertain to Cohen's work for the president and his businesses.

Stories alleging that Trump paid off women or hid a pregnancy, or even a child, have always been brushed off by the president. But it's at least conceivable that AMI bought the rights to McDougal's story on its own initiative and then let Trump know, triggering Trump's and Cohen's interest in buying those rights from them.

It is a potential problem for Mr Trump because undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of United States campaign finance laws. If Mr. Cohen did pay Ms. Clifford to help the candidate's chances of being elected, he and the campaign may have violated campaign-finance law by making an in-kind contribution exceeding the legal limit and by not disclosing the contribution. I wrote last week after news of the Cohen recording first emerged that it sounded like it would be damaging to Trump mainly as evidence of what his intentions might have been towards Daniels, not McDougal.

Mr Giuliani said the president says "don't pay with cash". "If you wanted to hide something, you would not do it by corporation or cheque", he said.

The Enquirer did not publish her kiss-and-tell, and she says she was tricked.

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Trump has denied having sex with either woman. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this week "the president maintains he's done nothing wrong".

Watch the clip above to hear Glenn Beck's take on this latest development in the Trump-Cohen feud.

The recording was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April when officers raided Cohen's office.

A former federal judge overseeing a review of materials seized in the raid released the 12 audio recordings to federal investigators Monday.

Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

The word "cash" may reveal Trump's intent to keep secret a scheme that was created to protect him from a shameful truth - his betrayal of his wife - and might also violate election laws that require every campaign-related expenditure be made public.

The payment was never made and Mr Giuliani said he didn't know why that was the case and hadn't discussed it with Mr Trump.

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