Court Filing Shows Feds Have 12 Of Cohen's Tapes

Marsha Scott
July 26, 2018

On the audio tape, made two months before the election, Trump can be heard saying "pay with cash".

No payment was ever made from Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's attorney, has said. The tape disclosed Cohen telling Trump about plans to set up a shell company and finance the purchase of the rights to the former model's story from American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer.

Giuliani said the conversation was held at Trump's office in Trump Tower and that Cohen used a hidden device to record the conversation. CBS News has not verified the recording's authenticity.

Davis said the tape is among audio recordings that were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a raid of Cohen's home and office in April. When Cohen says, "Well, I have to pay -", Trump interrupts and says, "Pay with cash".

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Cohen's attorney has said he released the tape after being subjected to an "intense campaign of disparagement" by the president's team. Davis and Giuliani did not respond to a request for further comment. Although his audio recording doesn't confirm that, it does provide evidence that makes that possibility more likely. "Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump", Davis said. McDougal is a Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Trump over a decade ago.

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. During the office's 2014 investigation of a NY state anti-corruption commission, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, for example, Petrillo was angered with prosecutors after a newspaper story disclosed that his client in that probe was to be interviewed by federal investigators, according to people familiar with the matter. The story was never published by AMI. Giuliani has said that Mr. Trump never paid AMI for the story rights.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David, you know, so that - I'm going to do that right away", Mr Cohen says. Cohen has long claimed his loyalty to Trump was unbreakable - most famously saying "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president" - but in an exclusive interview earlier this month with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Cohen signaled a willingness to cooperate with investigators.

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