GOP Strategist: Cohen Tape Reveals Trump Systematically Silenced Women

Posted July 27, 2018

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.

It is a potential problem for Mr Trump because undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of United States campaign finance laws.

But Trump does respond to Cohen's suggestion of opening the shell company with a question: "What do we got to pay for this?" Trump has denied not only the affair but knowledge that Pecker's company paid her off then spiked its promised story about it in a so-called "catch and kill" move.

At one point, Cohen says of David, "I'll have to pay him something". "If you wanted to hide something, you would not do it by corporation or cheque", he said.

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Mr Giuliani said the president says "don't pay with cash".

The Michael Cohen tape, aired by CNN's Chris Cuomo, has very much put in play who said what to whom about a possible payoff to a former Playboy model and Rudy Giuliani's previous claim that the tape would vindicate the president. He was already then married to Melania and was the host of TV show The Apprentice.

By burying Ms. McDougal's story during the campaign in a practice known in the tabloid industry as "catch and kill", A.M.I. protected Mr. Trump from negative publicity that could have harmed his election chances, spending money to do so.

The Enquirer did not publish her kiss-and-tell, and she says she was tricked. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this week "the president maintains he's done nothing wrong".

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The recording was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April when officers raided Cohen's office.

The government seized at last 12 audio tapes from Cohen, Trump's former longtime lawyer, a court filing on Monday revealed. He has since become the Trump Organization's chief financial officer and one of the president's closest business confidants (alongside Jason Greenblatt, who was Trump's in-house legal counsel before the president named him as a special diplomatic envoy to the Middle East).

His comments stoked speculation that he might co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, although there has been no confirmation so far that he has done so.

This relates to another woman who claims an affair with Mr Trump, Stormy Daniels, also in 2006.

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But, he tweeted, "I never would have thought that the US President would become one of the ones getting played by old KGB hands". John McCain's rebuke of Trump, comments criticizing Congressional Republicans, or otherwise, there is a clear theme here.

If Trump made the alleged payments with his own funds, and made the payments strictly for personal, not campaign reasons, he could be legally in the clear.