‘All Bets Are Off’ Between Donald Trump and Michael Cohen

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The dramatic leak of a taped conversation between Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen signals an aggressive new strategy by the former fixer, raising questions about how much the United States leader has to fear should he cooperate with prosecutors.

Trump reacted on Wednesday after the tape was released, asking in a tweet "What kind of lawyer would tape a client?"

"Cohen then says "No, no, no, no" and he cuts off the tape". Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.

Trump's comments came the morning after Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, released a recording of a September 2016 phone call between Trump and Cohen that makes it appear Trump was familiar with a deal that Playboy model Karen McDougal made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney. Cohen tells Trump that The New York Times wants to unseal documents on his divorce from Ivana Trump ahead of the election (an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful, as Cohen predicts).

The model, Karen McDougal, claims to have had a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006, right before Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.

The conversation between Trump and Cohen surrounds a debate about whether Trump should buy the rights of McDougal's story from tabloid publisher American Media, which paid her $150,000 for details of the affair.

Trump is legally bound to disclose campaign donations and expenditures, and the payments, which Trump denies happening, allegedly made to McDougal and Daniels went unreported by both Cohen and Trump.

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But on tape, the candidate expresses no surprise when the issue comes up and Cohen talks about essentially reimbursing the company for what it paid McDougal. "One-fifty?" Trump asks. Cohen says yes. His new-found willingness to share details of his work will rattle the president. "This payment was made to buy the silence of Karen McDougal".

Two months before the 2016 election, Donald Trump and his lawyer discussed plans for hush money payments to a former Playboy model alleging an affair.

Cohen's attorney has said he released the tape after being subjected to an "intense campaign of disparagement" by the president's team.

Giuliani said later he was unconcerned about Cohen moving to cooperate with federal prosecutors against Trump, telling CNN that he did not know what Cohen would have to "flip over".

During Mr Cohen's years, the Trump Organisation sought opportunities in some colourful locales.

Additionally, Trump has always been plagued by rumors that he fathered an illegitimate child and paid a former Trump Tower doorman $30,000 to keep quiet about the affair.

Not long after suggesting he'd consider representing Michael Cohen (despite all of the obvious conflicts that could prevent such a thing), Michael Avenatti is demanding that Cohen show once and for all that he's serious about "doing the right thing".

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