CNN got its hands on and aired audio of a conversation between President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen surrounding a payment tied to a Playboy model alleging an affair with Trump.
The conversation confirms earlier reports that the men discussed buying the rights to the story of former Playboy model Karen McDougal's alleged affair with Trump.
Cohen tells Trump, “we’ll have to pay,” and Trump is heard telling him, “pay with cash," though it's not clear from the muddled sound whether Trump is suggesting paying or not paying.
Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had already confirmed the tape's existence, but said that it would prove to be "powerful exculpatory evidence."
Trump has of course issued his response to the matter....on Twitter:
What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped - can this be so? Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018