Fox & Friends: Cohen Tapes 'Payback' for Clinton's Loss

25 July, 2018, 21:06 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Davis isn't wrong. And the release of the tape suggests that we have now entered a new phase in the ongoing drama surrounding Cohen and Trump - one in which the man who once pledged he would take a bullet for his boss has now turned on him amid the possibility of major criminal charges following the raid of Cohen's hotel, house and office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April. David Pecker is the head of AMI. On the audio tape, first released by CNN, Trump can be heard discussing the payment with Cohen.

"When it comes time for the financing, which will be -", Cohen says, at which point Trump interrupts and says "what financing?" Giuliani confirmed to ABC News Trump did have a discussion with Cohen before the election but he said that the payment that was being discussed was never made. "Cash is not what you do, and it was Michael Cohen who said, "No, no, no, no.' And Donald Trump, despite what Rudy Giuliani said publicly, the tape contradicts Mr. Giuliani and the word 'cash" is heard by everyone". The Wall Street Journal broke the story on this on November 4, 2016.

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal says she had a months-long affair with Donald Trump after they met in 2006. That was clearly a lie.

On the tape, Trump and Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story, which she had sold a month earlier to the National Enquirer for $150,000. "I got it." The audio cuts to what appears to be a new recording after that. Given the report that the National Enquirer has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors, it's definitely of interest. A source has told Fox that no payment was ever made to McDougal.


Cohen reportedly obtained the $774,000 through a home-equity line of credit. Maybe. Cohen discussed the McDougal payoff in conjunction with other campaign matters, including a poll and possible revelation of documents from Trump's divorce from his second wife. Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Hannity that this payment was reimbursed and that President Trump knew about it. Giuliani also claimed that the payment was related to the campaign.

"The payment had nothing to do with journalism-and thus can not qualify for any sort of "press" exemption", Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause vice president for policy and litigation, said in a statement.

"What he's saying about Mr. Cohen is not true", he added.

"For ten years Michael Cohen had a window into everything that happened within the Trump organization", the reporter whose access to the attorney has led to a series on his tumultuous relationship with Trump told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.

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