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CNN Airs Secret Recording Of Trump, Cohen Discussing Payment Tied To Former Playboy Model Karen McDougal

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CNN Airs Secret Recording Of Trump, Cohen Discussing Payment Tied To Former Playboy Model Karen McDougal





CNN obtained and aired on Tuesday night Michael Cohen’s secret recording of President Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who alleges she had an affair with Trump.




According to CNN:

The recording offers the public a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Trump and Cohen, and it confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump about a decade ago.

Cohen told Trump about his plans to set up a company and finance the purchase of the rights from American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.

Cohen can be heard telling Trump: “I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” likely referring to American Media Inc. head David Pecker.

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, “What financing?”

When Cohen tells Trump, “We’ll have to pay.” Trump is heard telling him, “pay with cash,” but the audio is muddled and it’s not clear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying.

Cohen says, “no, no” but it is not clear what is said next.

Attorney and professor Seth Abramson writes: “The full audio of the “First Cohen Tape” clearly establishes Trump was talking about keeping information about past relationships from voters when he told Cohen to pay off a Playboy model with cash. This appears, then, to be *hard evidence* of an election crime.”


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