President Trump Speaks out on Alleged Cohen Recording - Timothy Meads

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits his hotel in New York City

President Donald Trump took a direct shot at his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen Saturday, tweeting that it was "perhaps illegal" for his former fixer to have recorded their conversations, including at least one related to hush money to silence a Playboy model who says she had an affair with him.

In the brief recording made in September 2016, Cohen can be heard telling Trump that AMI had recently purchased the rights to McDougal's account of a 10-month affair that allegedly took place soon after he married Melania.

President Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen exits the US Federal Court on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York.

Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings.

In an interview with The Times, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed Trump discussed the payments with Cohen on the tape, but he asserted that Trump did not engage in any wrongdoing.

Cohen had made a practice of recording telephone conversations, unbeknownst to those with whom he was speaking.

When questioned about the allegations, President Trump has denied the affair and said he had no knowledge of any payment. Most states, including NY, allow for recordings of conversations with only the consent of one party; other states require all parties to agree to a recording or have mixed laws on the matter. Giuliani added that Trump told Cohen that if he did pay McDougal, it should be in the form of a check instead of cash so that it could be properly recorded, The Times said.

"So not only is suggesting that Cohen committed a crime in recording him, but to accuse his former lawyer, who simply said may have the goods on him of committing the crime is a bad, awful idea", Specter continued.

What has Trump previously said?

It was not immediately clear where Trump and Cohen were located at the time of the call.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by federal authorities from the longtime Trump fixer earlier this year.

Mr. Trump, via a White House statement in February, denied having an affair with McDougal.

In a tweet, Trump called such taping "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".

Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". In a CNN story earlier this month, a source close to Cohen indicated that "the truth is not you or your client's friend".

McDougal says she began a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

The raid on Cohen's home office and hotel stemmed from an investigation by NY federal prosecutors for potential violations of banking and election laws. "When all of this evidence ultimately comes to light, and I hope that it will. this is going to spell a significant problem for Michael Cohen and a larger problem for the president".

The Wall Street Journal first reported four days before the November 2016 election that McDougal had been paid by the National Enquirer.

"Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that", Davis said.

She says the $150,000 (£115,000) agreement gave the tabloid exclusive story rights and banned her from talking publicly about the alleged affair.

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