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Andrew Napolitano: This Trump-Cohen tape is evidence of civil fraud

Andrew Napolitano: This Trump-Cohen tape is evidence of civil fraud

The Enquirer had already purchased McDougal's account of her affair with Trump earlier in 2016 and then never published it. Trump and Cohen appear to be discussing a second payment to McDougal (and there is no indication that it was ever made). Trump on Wednesday suggested the tape was cut just as he was "presumably saying positive things", although there was no evidence of that.

Cohen's attorney Lenny Davis told the Post that Cohen's intent with the recordings was never deception.

Cohen's lawyer released the tape to television network CNN, an arch critic of the Trump administration, and in a flurry of interviews declared his client had "turned a corner" and would continue to speak "the truth".

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording. Those are both troublesome things for Trump - not because of McDougal's situation but because of the payoff to Stormy Daniels, which *was* actually completed and which would be a legal problem for him if it's deemed to have been made for the goal of influencing an election, i.e.an unreported campaign contribution.

Cohen, of course, already is reportedly being investigated by federal prosecutors in NY for possibly engaging in bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

It's also not 100 percent clear from the crosstalk whether the candidate is saying the payment (to reimburse the National Enquirer, owned by Trump pal David Pecker, which spent $150,000 to buy and bury the rights to Karen McDougal's story) should be made in cash. Though Trump can be heard using the word "cash", the meaning behind the word's use is still a matter of dispute on both sides.




Specifically, Avenatti alleged that "Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016".

"We were not going to let Michael become a punching bag", Lanny Davis, Mr Cohen's new lawyer, said in explaining the move. There are, Mr Davis says, "a lot of other tapes". Collins said she told them she was being banned because "you don't like the questions I asked", and they responded that her network wasn't banned, "but you are not invited to the Rose Garden today".

"The president wanted to do it the right way".

A former Trump stalwart, Mr Cohen once famously vowed he would take a bullet for the president.

A former federal judge overseeing a review of materials seized in the raid released the 12 audio recordings to federal investigators Monday. "Made from the best stuff on Earth!" says the parodied version of Trump on the tape.

During the campaign, the Trump team denied any knowledge of the deal between McDougal and American Media, the magazine's parent company.

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