Al Sharpton: Cohen meeting me sends ‘a signal’ to Trump

Blanche Robertson
July 22, 2018

Rev. Al Sharpton's meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer, 000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump "so tough" on child separations but not on Putin MORE's longtime former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was not happenstance but rather a planned conversation meant to send a message to Trump, the MSNBC host said.

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said in a Twitter post that the recording will not hurt Cohen.

Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant USA attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider that Cohen could have made the recording either "for his own protection" or to ensure he got repaid for an expenditure he thought could have been agreed to in the conversation.

The New York State Bar Association calls such secret recording unethical.

Referring to that raid, Trump called it "inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning)". In past comments Trump has also referred to the court-ordered seizure as a "break-in", though Cohen has been more sanguine, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were courteous and respectful. The special master, Barbara Jones, has found the vast majority of the items reviewed to be not privileged, according to court filings, indicating that very little of what Cohen did in recent years qualified as legal work.

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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.

Giuliani also told the Times that Trump insisted the payment, should it occur, be a check - not cash - so that a paper trail would exist.

David Pecker, the head of the Enquirer's parent company, is a close friend of Trump's.

The president was responding to bombshell reports Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained a tape of Trump and Cohen discussing payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal when they raided the lawyer in April. But a source told CNN later Friday that the conversation on the tape is "not good for the president".

McDougal has said she began a almost year-long affair with Trump in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth.

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