Donald Trump And Michael Cohen Caught Discussing Karen McDougal Payment On TapeCohen’s attorney Lanny Davis told CNN that the president can be heard asking to pay with cash, presumably for the former Playboy model's story.A tape of President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Trump, aired on CNN Tuesday night.
Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis appeared on CNN with Chris Cuomo to discuss the tape, recorded in September 2016. Davis claims Trump wanted to use cash to pay for McDougal’s story. Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor now part of the president’s legal team, told CNN that Trump said he did not want to pay with cash.
“I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen said in the recording, likely referring to American Media head David Pecker, who bought McDougal’s story.
Cohen and Trump then discuss financing to set up the company to pay for McDougal’s story, and the audio recording becomes less clear.
Trump can be heard asking “What financing?” followed by the phrase “pay with cash.” The recording is not high-quality, and it is unclear what Trump says before “pay with cash.”
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