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Leaked tape reveals Donald Trump discussing "cash" hush payment

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.

Trump is heard having several different conversations. Taking a phone call, then talking with Cohen then a woman is heard asking Trump a question. Then Trump gets back to his conversation with Cohen.

  • 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 attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had already confirmed the tape's existence, but said that it would prove to be "powerful exculpatory evidence." 

Does the recording change your mind about anything? 

Did we learn anything about Trump that we already didn't know? 

The recording, which was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, was made in September 2016.

Davis said on "Cuomo Prime Time."

"What is this about? This is about honesty versus false disparagement of Michael Cohen. Why is Giuliani out falsely disparaging Michael Cohen -- because they fear him,"

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