‘Totally unheard of & perhaps illegal’: Trump responds to secret lawyer tapes

Trump calls Cohen's taping of phone call 'inconceivable,' possibly illegal

Two months before the 2016 election, longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly taped a conversation with the then-GOP presidential nominee about whether to purchase the rights to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal's account of her alleged extramarital affair with Trump, according to three people familiar with the conversation.

The Justice Department says Cohen has been under investigation for months for criminal conduct largely centred on his personal business dealings. Lawyer Rudy 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.

Trump was "unaware" that Cohen was recording him, CNBC reported on Friday, citing a source familiar with the matter. "The passage of time has only made that clearer, with these tapes the latest evidence". For the purposes of proving the latter, a tape-recorded conversation about a payment before it happens is some of the most damning information a prosecutor can wield.

As part of their probe, investigators have sought documents related to Cohen's interactions with AMI, as well as to an October 2016 hush-money payment he arranged with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who also claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump.

That means the FBI and federal prosecutors in Manhattan will be able to hear the tape between Cohen and Trump.

Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape".

ESPYs host Danica Patrick falls flat in opening monologue
JR Smith would say, 'We're up by one!'" One person captioned their Twitter post, "Stop it please, Danica Patrick ". This year, Simmons, along with four-time MVP LeBron James , was the target of Patrick's opener.

What's more, they see Giuliani's public comments as a way to change the subject from the President's near-universally panned performance in Helsinki, Finland, at the beginning of last week.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI seized the recording during the raid earlier this year on Cohen's office as part of an investigation into the former Trump lawyer's payments to women to shut down stories about his client leading up to the 2016 election - a practice known as "catch-and-kill". "The President says 'make sure it's done correctly, and make sure its done by check'". He said the payment discussed was never actually made, and Mr Trump had done nothing wrong.

Mr Trump was said to have only found out earlier this week that Mr Cohen had recorded him. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client". He also asserted, without elaborating, in post: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said, "Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that". Rudy claims the tape is "exculpatory".

According to CNN, the President had no idea the calls were being recorded. "The tweet is straightforward and correct". Laws in NY governing the recording of phone conversations do not require two-party consent.

"Taping a conversation is the functional equivalent of retaining notes", the source said. In a lawsuit she has since settled, McDougal argued that Cohen secretly intervened in the deal she struck with the tabloid's owner. "In this specific instance, it was Trump who waived the privilege after Special Master Jones ruled the tape was privileged".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Swimmer Ryan Lochte suspended until July 2019 for use of IV
Jul 24, 2018 - 01:45
Officials made clear that Ryan did not used a banned substance , but underwent a banned procedure . Open, declaring himself wiser and more responsible after fathering a child.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Klopp speaks on paying huge transfer fees after criticizing Pogba's price
Jul 24, 2018 - 01:38
Obviously he is a world-class goalkeeper, so we are not going to say: 'let's have a look.' He will play, of course. Two years ago, Jürgen Klopp was scathing of the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Johnny Manziel of Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded to Montreal Alouettes
Jul 24, 2018 - 01:36
Although, Manziel didn't end up playing for Sherman, as the coach was replaced after Manziel's redshirt freshman season. Sherman has expressed his excitement with reuniting with Manziel, who will likely get his chance to play in Montreal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says 'not thrilled' about interest rate hikes
Jul 23, 2018 - 01:15
Last month, the Fed raised its benchmark rate for a second time this year and projected two more increases in 2018. In an apparent reference to Fed rate increases, Mr Trump added, "Tightening now hurts all that we have done".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family
Jul 22, 2018 - 01:41
It followed up at 6.32pm with a severe thunderstorm warning for three counties that included Branson and the lake. Coleman said the boat's captain had told passengers earlier in their trip that they "won't need" life jackets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top President Trump struggles to contain firestorm over Putin summit
Jul 21, 2018 - 00:54
John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise". July 16, 2018. "We just conducted a year-long investigation into Russia's interference in our elections.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 11 dead after tourist boat sinks in Missouri lake
Jul 21, 2018 - 00:51
Thursday, CoxHealth reported that Cox Medical Center Branson was treating eight patients, two of them in critical condition. Divers resumed a search for the missing Friday morning, but it "doesn't look very good for survival", Missouri Gov.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle just wants to wear trousers
Jul 20, 2018 - 17:38
She also rocked a black Givenchy pantsuit earlier this month during her and Harry's visit to Ireland. In return, Charles reportedly told a friend he thinks Meghan is "so intelligent and so nice".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pep Guardiola insists Leroy Sane will emerge stronger from World Cup snub
Jul 20, 2018 - 17:27
The 31-year-old is third choice behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo, and there appears little chance of him playing. Guardiola allowed defensive midfielder Yaya Toure to leave in the summer and wants a replacement.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tour de France: Alaphilippe climbs high to win Stage 10
Jul 19, 2018 - 00:57
The crash also saw André Greipel needing treatment while Movistar's José Joaquin Rojas has also been forced to abandon the race. Several big-name riders struggled with the cobbles on stage nine, but John Degenkolb did not as he triumphed in Roubaix.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Netflix Earnings: Stock Tanks on Weak Subscriber Adds
Jul 18, 2018 - 00:29
And AT&T Inc has promised to boost investment in HBO after taking over the network in its Time Warner acquisition. That exceeded the 79 cents a share estimated by analysts polled by Factset.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top First look at Olivia Colman as the Queen in 'The Crown'
Jul 17, 2018 - 02:39
The image, posted to Twitter , shows Colman sitting at a table and drinking tea, while wearing a pink jacket and pearls. The first season of The Crown portrayed the early days of the Queen's reign, with the series starting in 1947.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The arrival of Daley Blind at Ajax could see De Jong leave
Jul 17, 2018 - 02:31
The versatile 28-year-old made just seven Premier League appearances in his fourth and potentially final season in England. The payment structure of the deal must now be finalised before Blind can make the move back to his homeland.

Royal family release new christening photo of Kate cradling smiling Prince Louis
Jul 17, 2018 - 01:59
The photographs were taken at Clarence House by Matt Holyoak , on the day of Louis' christening at St. Uncle Harry and Aunty Meghan also join the family for this photo.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Boys thank saviours- and dream of sushi and KFC
Jul 16, 2018 - 00:35
Two British divers found them on July 2, squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex. The young "Wild Boars" and their 25-year-old football coach Ekkapol Chantawong wandered into the cave on 23 June.