Trump blasts Cohen over secret tape disclosure

Court Filing Shows Feds Have 12 Of Cohen's Tapes

Appearing on America's Newsroom Wednesday, Napolitano said that the president is not protected by attorney-client privilege on his leaked conversation with his then-lawyer Michael Cohen because the two were engaging in a fraud. He insists that they are talking about the payment to ex-Playmate McDougal made by longtime Trump friend and ally David Pecker, head of the National Enquirer's parent company.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that Cohen is not seeking a pardon from the president as he faces a federal criminal investigation on campaign finance and bank fraud allegations in NY.

Davis told Axios that Cohen is sending a message with the tape's release: "I am no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew - taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier".

In addition to being involved in efforts to hush up McDougal's story, he famously paid US$130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels just weeks before the election to silence her own claims of an alleged one-night stand with Trump. McDougal finally sued to get out of the agreement so she could talk freely about the ordeal in April 2018.

The tape was one of 12 seized from Cohen's files by NY prosecutors back in April, and the airing of the McDougal conversation is sure to escalate the war between the Trump and Cohen camps.

He said in a tweet it was "perhaps illegal" for a lawyer to record a client.

Cohen's decision not to seek a pardon suggests he may be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

It's getting serious: Trump threatens Iran in ALL CAPS
Tehran denounced Pompeo's speech as an interference in Tehran's affairs, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. But he did not rule out peace between the two countries, which have been at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Lanny Davis, who served in the Bill Clinton White House, was recently hired to represent former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in the midst of a scandal about an ex-Playboy model.

Mr Giuliani has said the payment was never made.

Giuliani admitted that the audio was muffled, but said the rest of the recording - had it not stopped - would have been "exculpatory", from the point of view from the president.

There's plenty of speculation about whether the release of the tape signals Michael Cohen's intention to "turn" on Trump, but there's been no indication from Cohen (yet) that he plans to do so.

Giuliani, meanwhile, argued on Fox News that Davis was wrong about what the audio showed and reiterated it showed "no indication" of a crime.

Why did Lanny Davis release the tape?

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