FBI Discloses Treasure Trove of Tapes from Michael Cohen’s Office


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Trump’s attorney, Rudy Guiliani, has disclosed that his other attorney, Michael Cohen, recorded conversations he had with Trump.  The FBI has those recordings.

A recording about a payoff to the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, was among the troves of documents and materials seized in the FBI raid of Cohen’s hotel, residence and office.

You’ll recall McDougal was the playboy model who had an extended affair with Trump.

The New Yorker published an exposé of Trump’s relationship with the National Enquirer. In it, David Pecker, the CEO of American Media, the Enquirer’s parent company, told reporter Jeffrey Toobin that Trump was “a personal friend of mine.”  Pecker and Trump have been friends for decades, according to The New Yorker, and Pecker once hired a columnist on the condition that “on the outside she can’t be bashing Trump and American Media.”  The reason that relationship is important, is that the non-disclosure agreement McDougal signed and the payment made in the fall of 2016 was made by American Media, the parent company of the Enquirer.

According to that contract McDougal was barred from publicly speaking about the alleged affair before the 2016 election.  The fact that the critical time frame of “before the 2016 election” seems…per say…a campaign finance violation.

In the recording of Cohen and Trump that was siezed,  Cohen and Trump discuss buying the rights to that contract from AMI, according to Giuliani, Trump’s own attorney. The discussion, Giuliani said, involved their intention “to reimburse AMI for what they laid out and to do it by check, properly recorded.”
The Michael Cohen tapes story is just getting started

Campaign-finance law experts indicate  that if a payment is made for the purposes of influencing an election it can be considered a campaign contribution even if it isn’t made from a campaign account.
Part of the criminal investigation of Cohen by the US attorney’s office has examined possible election law violations related to payments made to women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump.
NYT reporter: Clearly Trump knew about payment

The timing of these payments is the most damning fact.   Trump’s affair with McDougal occurred in 2006, shortly after the birth of Trump’s son.  The Wall Street Journal revealed the existence of the A.M.I. payment (which was related to the McDougal affair) days before the election.   Mr. Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said, “We have no knowledge of any of this.” She said Ms. McDougal’s claim of an affair was “totally untrue.”

Given the tape made by Cohen of discussions with Trump of the payment, it is clear that Trump had knowledge of the payment, and that the report of the affair was true.

Politicians have had elicit affairs as long as history was recorded.  However the problem with Trump’s affair is that (1) It illustrates that Trump lies.  (2) It illustrates that Trump is susceptable to blackmail, and many have speculated about Putin.  (3)Trump may have conspired to committ campaign finance law violations.

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4 thoughts on “FBI Discloses Treasure Trove of Tapes from Michael Cohen’s Office

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  1. One has to wonder how man people have been paid off to cover up his behavior.

    On another note – I am really bewildered as to why Trump has not briefed anyone on his private chat with Putin. I think for one he really does not want people to know what they discussed. He also knows if the entire conversation comes out he will have a lot of explaining to do – and he has no good answers.

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  2. Trump is such a disgusting nasty dirty old ugly man boob. He deserves nothing. A liar cheat and rigger will never be president of the usa. I don’t know why any woman would touch such a terrible scumbag as trump. Even in desperation.

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    1. 4USA – please do not be shy – tell us what you really think! Sorry – had to chuckle at your comment. You said it for both of us.

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