2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"We've known for a while now that Michael Cohen who is President Donald Trump's fixer and attorney back when he was simply celebrity businessman Donald Trump and running the Trump Organization had some, made some recordings of his conversations with the president. Cohen's camp represented mostly now by his attorney Lanny Davis who is of course has ties to the Clinton White House back the 90s is certainly a Washington figure, a very public spokesperson."
Washington - 3 May 2018
3. STILL of Lanny Davis
New York - 25 July 2018
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"So Lanny Davis made the argument that this tape, and he played the audio, suggests that Trump in a recording made in the late stages of the campaign was fully aware of the payment structure to Karen McDougal and he was even weighing in on how it could be done. And they say in the audio, they claim that the audio suggests that he suggested doing it by cash. Now the audio that we all heard, that has made the rounds on media, is a little tough to make out. It certainly does appear that Trump is suggesting cash which Cohen very quickly says no to suggest that it should be done by check. There was also a previous discussion of maybe setting up some sort of corporation to do so. What Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani has said, and I spoke to him late last night, It's exactly the opposite. He says that they have this recording they enhanced it and by listening you know pulling out the good audio and listening to it they released the transcript and in the transcript it says the president is saying no cash. That instead suggesting it be done by by check. And Giuliani also points out that if since there was discussion of doing it by a corporation earlier, as he put it, if he were trying to hide something you don't do it by establishing a corporation. You don't do it by check. You would do it by cash. And he's claiming the audio suggests the president does not want to cash. However he has not released this enhanced version of the audio. So no one else has heard this just yet."
5. AUDIO TRANSCRIPT ACCORDING TO LANNY DAVIS
"We'll have to pay." (Cohen)
"Pay with cash." (Trump)
"No. No. No. No. No. I got. No. No. No." (Cohen)
Akron, Ohio - Date unknown
6. Trump and Guiliani
New York - 25 July 2018
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"This shows Cohen's access to the president. It shows that he has you know interesting material that he has captured the president in various moments that he was that he's being in confidence. The question is: What else does Michael Cohen have? The question is: What else is Michael Cohen know?"
A secretly recorded tape of Donald Trump by his longtime personal lawyer was played on CNN Tuesday night in which the two can be heard talking about a potential payment for a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair and the soon-to-be president is heard discussing whether to "pay with cash."
The audio recording , surreptitiously made by Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen two months before the 2016 presidential election, was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis.
The conversation between Trump and Cohen came weeks after the National Enquirer's parent company reached a $150,000 deal to pay former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair, which it never published, a tabloid practice known as catch and kill. Trump denies the affair ever happened and his campaign had said he knew nothing about the payment.
Trump and Cohen appear to be discussing buying the rights to McDougal's story from the Enquirer's parent company.
Cohen can be heard on the tape saying that he needed to start a company "for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David," a possible reference to David Pecker, Trump's friend and president of the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.
When Cohen begins to discuss financing, Trump interrupts him and asks, "What financing?"
"We'll have to pay," Cohen responded.
The audio is muffled, but Trump can be heard saying "pay with cash," though it isn't clear if he is suggesting to pay with cash or not to pay with cash. Cohen immediately says, "No, no, no" and Trump can then be heard saying, "check."
Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Associated Press that he's had an expert enhance the recording and the president says "don't pay with cash."
Giuliani said Cohen, as Trump's lawyer, thought it would be best if he could buy the rights to McDougal's story and the recording captures the two of them discussing how to do that.