Trump claims ex-lawyer’s phone recording ‘perhaps illegal’

Trump claims ex-lawyer’s phone recording ‘perhaps illegal’

US President Donald Trump has slammed his former lawyer.

"It was already out there so seemed no point in objecting except on principle", Giuliani said. Laws in NY governing the recording of phone conversations do not require two-party consent. But if it turns out that there were multiple payments to women for the goal of aiding the Trump presidential campaign, which was formally launched on June 16, 2015, and those payments were not disclosed as campaign contributions, both the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice could potentially pursue claims against Trump and Cohen.

Yet "it remains murky whether and when a NY lawyer can ethically tape without advance disclosure", Harris said. But the tabloid did not publish the story, keeping it out of public view.

"Mr. Cohen's lawyers discovered the recording as part of their review of the seized materials and shared it with Mr. Trump's lawyers, according to three people briefed on the matter", the Times reported.

President Trump on Saturday described former lawyer Michael Cohen's taping of a private conversation between them as "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal", but he reassured supporters that he has done nothing wrong.

The president's aides, who spent the first part of the week frantically trying to figure out how to clean up the aftermath of the news conference, have had little to say about accusations by women that Trump's lawyers had paid them for their silence in the wake of extramarital affairs.

Despite the facts, the Times article does its best - which isn't much - to turn the useless recording into a smoking gun against Trump. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump's secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.

If Cohen released recordings of his conversations with the president on his own, as Avenatti urges, he would violate attorney-client privilege and would likely lose his law license. While Trump's evangelical lackeys gave him a "mulligan" on his payoff to Stormy Daniels, it's not clear a wider audience will countenance a president who got through a campaign by secretly paying off gobs of women, especially if any of those women claimed to have been the victims of non-consensual sexual conduct.

Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". "It is ironic that Trump would complain about a privileged tape that would not have been released and then chooses to make it public himself", the source added.

McDougal says she began a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

Trump and Cohen's discussion came a month after AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, bought the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000, then shelved it.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Mr. Giuliani said. He also said that Trump told Cohen that any payment should be by check, not cash, so it could be documented properly. That conversation took place weeks before Trump's November 2016 election.

Ms Daniels says she and Mr Trump had sex in a hotel room in Lake Tahoe, a resort area between California and Nevada, in 2006. It could also further entangle the president in a criminal investigation that for months has targeted Mr Cohen.

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