Donald Trump Hints That Cohen’s Secret Tape Was Doctored

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

On the recording, which was made prior to the 2016 election, Cohen tells Trump: "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David" and adds that he has consulted Trump Organization CFO Allan Weisselberg "about how to set the whole thing up". Russian operatives' knowledge of Trump's sex life, of a list of accusers and of payoffs, would be powerful leverage for Moscow.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, posted on Twitter that the Cohen tape shows that Giuliani was "untruthful" when he said Trump didn't know about the payments.

Cohen, who once said that he was prepared to "take a bullet" and "do anything" to protect Trump, is under scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

The audio is muffled, but can be heard saying to "pay with cash" and Cohen immediately says, "no, no". Cohen explains, "We'll have to pay", and Trump can be heard saying, "pay with cash". The story was never published by AMI.

The recording was given to CNN by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis and was made in September 2016, just two months before the election. David Pecker is the head of AMI. A spokesman for the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, which is investigating Cohen, declined to comment.

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Shortly after the tape was aired on CNN late Wednesday, Michael Avenatti, an attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, tweeted that Cohen "is not innocent nor is he a victim".

Cohen, who has fallen out with Trump, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws. McDougal has accused Cohen of such, and told CNN that she later found out her legal representation for the negotiations with the Enquirer, Keith Davidson, was in contact with Cohen. They also talk about mundane matters with the campaign, such as polling numbers. Because Giuliani said Cohen said the word "cash", but the tape proves that Trump said it, Davis says. The parties had previously claimed the 12 recordings were "privileged" and couldn't be seen by the government.

Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Davis told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that while there's nothing criminal revealed on the tape, "it's about lies and truth".

The discussion of any payment could support claims by Trump's critics, including groups like the watchdog group Common Cause, that a payment benefited his presidential campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal.

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