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Michael Cohen Recorded Trump Discussing Payment To Former Playmate: Report

July 20, 2018 - 12:31 pm

Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation between himself and the then-presidential candidate discussing payments to a former Playboy Playmate who had alleged an affair with the real estate mogul-turned-commander in chief, The New York Times reported Friday. 

According to the report, the recording was made shortly before the presidential election and it was seized in April during an FBI raid on Cohen's office.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's lawyer, confirmed to the Times that Trump and Cohen discussed payments to the former Playmate, Karen McDougal. 

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance," Giuliani told the Times Friday. "In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence."

A lawyer for Cohen told The Times, "We have nothing to say on this matter."

McDougal claims she had a yearlong affair with Trump beginning 2006, shortly after Trump's wife Melanie gave birth to their son Barron.