Cohen lawyer: 'Spin' can't change what's on tape

Blanche Robertson
July 22, 2018

The prosecutors working on the case had not reviewed the recording because it, along with millions of other documents and files seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation searches of Cohen's home, hotel room and office in April, was undergoing the special master process, in which an independent party reviews whether the items should be regarded as privileged and thus withheld from prosecutors.

"First, a lawyer taping a client is not illegal", said the source, adding that NY law only requires one party to consent for a recording. He also asserted, without elaborating, in post: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

The President's attorneys clearly believe that the tape will not show any wrongdoing by their client.

NY is a "one-party consent" state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording.

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.

Davis, in his Saturday tweet, took a specific poke at Giuliani: "Rudy claims the tape is "exculpatory".

McDougal, who claims she began an affair with Trump in 2006, sold her story to The National Enquirer in 2016 for $150,000. Giuliani says what's important is Trump said that if it were made it should be properly documented. It's not clear, however, whether the United States attorney's office would be willing to grant Cohen such a deal. "AMI had bought the rights from McDougal", Giuliani said in a short interview on Saturday.

AMI, American Media Inc., is the parent company of the National Enquirer. Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, told CNN in a statement the recording will not hurt Cohen. "We have no knowledge of any of this", Hope Hicks, the campaign spokeswoman, said at the time, adding that McDougal's claim of an affair was "totally untrue".

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Given the amount of information made public on Friday, it's not yet clear.

Mueller is the special counsel probing alleged Russian interference in the election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. Moscow denies USA allegations that it interfered in the election and Trump denies any campaign ties to Russian officials. White House officials accused Mr Coats of "going rogue", undermining the president, and even laughing at him in public. Trump has denied any affair with either Daniels or McDougal.

The tabloid never published the story.

US President Donald Trump is asserting that his former personal lawyer's taping of their private phone conversations is "inconceivable" and "perhaps illegal".

Giuliani said the proposed payment was a personal matter and not subject to campaign finance law.

The recording was first reported on Friday by The New York Times.

She told CNN previously that he tried to pay her for sex. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.

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