Inside Trump-Cohen tapes

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump

"As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports".

A former Playboy model who says she had a 10-month relationship with Mr Trump starting in 2006.

Lordy, there are tapes-along with a whole new wave of media questions about Donald Trump, his veracity, the break with his former lawyer, and his current lawyer saying "the president is not an idiot".

The Enquirer's chairman, David J. Pecker, is a personal friend of Trump's, and McDougal has accused Cohen of taking part in the deal. The two discuss polling numbers and the impact of a supportive African-American pastor.

The word "cash" may reveal Trump's intent to keep secret a scheme that was created to protect him from a shameful truth - his betrayal of his wife - and might also violate election laws that require every campaign-related expenditure be made public. Those are both troublesome things for Trump - not because of McDougal's situation but because of the payoff to Stormy Daniels, which *was* actually completed and which would be a legal problem for him if it's deemed to have been made for the objective of influencing an election, i.e.an unreported campaign contribution.

Clifford - whose husband just filed for divorce, is suing Trump over a nondisclosure agreement so that she can "tell her story" (in the form of a book, we imagine), while she is also suing both Trump and Cohen for libel after Trump called her statements "fraud" over Twitter, while claiming that Clifford fabricated a story that she was threatened by a man after she went to journalists with the story of her affair.

"MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the Michael Cohen tape fueling a debate about Trump, cash and credibility.

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Moscow has denied USA allegations that it interfered in the election, and Trump has denied any campaign ties to Russian officials. The recordings were handed over to the government on Friday, the retired judge overseeing the review, said in her one-page order.

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To some degree, it is good to know what the president believes about the intelligence on Russian Federation . Trump had just days earlier confirmed his acceptance US intelligence conclusions about Russian interference.

But Trump doesn't act surprised by the conversation, which contradicts his campaign's insistence that he knew nothing about the Karen McDougal business.

During the campaign, the Trump team denied any knowledge of the deal between McDougal and American Media, the magazine's parent company.

"No, no", Cohen says. We hear Trump say "pay with cash", we hear Cohen saying "no no no", someone says "check", and the thing suddenly ends.

While Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani previously insisted Cohen suggested using cash to buy the story, Davis pointed to the audio as proof that it was Trump's suggestion all along.

To be fair, the audio is muddled, so it's not clear exactly what Trump is talking about.

"Cohen then says "No, no, no, no" and he cuts off the tape".

The Post, citing two people familiar with the recordings, reported that Cohen secretly recorded several individuals on his iPhone. If he winds up in investigators' crosshairs for secreting payoffs, he could potentially provide much more damaging information to prosecutors than Cohen ever could about the president's dealmaking. "Ultimately Donald Trump is going to be done in by the truth".

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