Secret audio tape between Trump and Michael Cohen released
25 July, 2018, 21:05 | Author: Angel Logan
"The payment had nothing to do with journalism-and thus can not qualify for any sort of "press" exemption", Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause vice president for policy and litigation, said in a statement.
In an interview with ABC News, Davis disputed Giuliani's characterization of the call and said they method of payment was beside the point.
Trump denies the affair ever happened and his campaign had said he knew nothing about the payment. But, Giuliani went on to say that Trump told Cohen if he were to make a payment to use a check instead of cash.
AMI, whose chief executive is David Pecker, signed a $150,000 deal with McDougal in August 2016 for her story but never published it.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, posted on Twitter that the Cohen tape shows that Giuliani was "untruthful" when he said Trump didn't know about the payments. "The recording. between Trump and Cohen. confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump", Stris tweeted.
In the conversation, just months before the presidential election, Mr Trump and Mr Cohen jump from subject to subject with other voices being heard. Mr Trump was the host of "The Apprentice" on NBC at the time.
In recent weeks, Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, has shown increasing signs of a willingness to turn against Trump.
As part of the criminal investigation being conducted by federal investigators in the Southern District of New York, Cohen is being probed for potential bank fraud and potentially violating election law by trying to suppress damning information about then-candidate.
He tells Trump, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David".
AMI acknowledged holding those rights when it relinquished them in April after McDougal had filed a lawsuit against AMI.
Cohen, who has fallen out with Trump, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws.
Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. "This is about honesty versus false disparagement of Michael Cohen".
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