“The good news is that your favourite President did nothing wrong!”
It has already emerged that lawyer Michael Cohen made a covert tape of Trump discussing paying “hush money” to a Playboy model who claimed they had an affair. The president’s new attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, confirmed the existence of both the conversation and the recording.
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. As the Daily Beast reported after NYT’s article, Trump was astounded when he got to know that Cohen had secretly taped him. It was not clear where Trump and Cohen were during the call.
“It’s not the recording that is valuable”, one person told her.
Trump discussed payment to ex-Playboy model.
Jones’ filing did not indicate the content of the other tapes. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them. You’re supposed to just see what, if anything, comes out of this. “So you can’t reconcile the receipts, if you will, with what Brent Blakely is trying to sell”.
But the big question is: Did anyone actually break the law?
When pressed by Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, on why he would have access to recordings by Cohen, Avenatti rebuked Dershowitz’s assertion that the tapes might be “lawyer-client privileged material”.
The company’s payment effectively silenced McDougal through the election, though days beforehand news of the deal emerged in The Wall Street Journal.
“In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence”, Giuliani said. However, even if there had been, no payment was made.
The Justice Department says Cohen has been under investigation for months for criminal conduct largely centered on his personal business dealings.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the probe, a theme he returned to on Saturday. “As I noted before, the tapes will speak for themselves – spin can’t change facts”, he said. She said lawyers for Cohen still disagreed about 22 of those items but said they would not pursue their objections. According to McDougal’s suit, AMI colluded with Trump and Cohen to “buy the story not to publish it, because [AMI CEO David Pecker] was a close friend of Mr. Trump” – a practice known colloquially as “catch and kill”.
“That, ultimately, is going to prove to be a big problem for the president”, he continued. However, if all he is guilty of is maybe cheating on his wife, then we can move on.