Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump finds it "inconceivable" that Cohen would tape him

Trump finds it

It comes after reports that Michael Cohen secretly recorded him before the 20-16 presidential election.

Since news of the secretly recorded conversations broke, Trump has attempted to claim that recording their conversations was illegal.

Trump's current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had confirmed to the Times that the Cohen tape existed, but said it showed the president had done nothing wrong. It is ironic that Trump would complain about a privileged tape that would not have been released and then chooses to make it public himself.

According to the Times, the FBI seized the recording in April when they raided Cohen's office and hotel rooms as part of an investigation into whether Cohen violated campaign finance laws, among other potential criminal acts.

Giuliani said the discussion of payment did not mean McDougal's claim of an affair was true and characterized it as an attempt to resolve false allegations that were "personally damaging" to Trump. McDougal, 47, alleges that she had a 10-month romantic affair with Trump in 2006.

Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant U.S. 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. "It was already out there, so no point in objecting except on principle", said Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney.

Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is privately questioning the President's "fitness" for the job.

The government did not break into Cohen's office.

The recording cuts off with Trump mid-sentence, one person said, and picks up in the middle of a conversation Cohen is having with another person.

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"Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation and we are sensitive to that", Davis said. "But, suffice it so say, that when the recording that has been widely reported is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen".

Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". Giuliani said the recording is short-less than two minutes, according to another source - and was simply a professional exchange between a client and his lawyer. "Very foolish strategy by team Trump".

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Giuliani said.

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.

Hours later, the president was on Twitter, suggesting that what Cohen had done was illegal. However, 11 states, including Florida, where Trump spends a lot of time, do require both people in a conversation are aware a recording is taking place.

NY law allows one party to a conversation to tape it without the other knowing.

Yet "it remains murky whether and when a NY lawyer can ethically tape without advance disclosure", Harris said.

However, the committee discourages lawyers from routinely recording conversations without disclosing they're recording, calling it "ethically impermissible" because it includes a "sufficient lack of candor" and "element of trickery".

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