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Michael Cohen Releases a Tape Recording of Donald Trump

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 24, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 24, 2018 |


Lanny Davis, the new attorney for Michael Cohen, appeared on CNN tonight, said that Michael Cohen has turned the corner on his life, wants to reset and tell the truth (and not go to jail). In furtherance of that, Davis provided CNN with a recording that Michael Cohen took of Donald Trump discussing the deal to pay former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal in an effort to keep their affair out of the papers.

Here’s the tape.

Why is it important? Because it illustrates that Donald Trump wanted to use cash to pay off “David” Pecker, the head of American Media (and The National Enquirer) who paid McDougal for her story so that they could kill it. Previously, there was no official record of Trump being involved in that transaction, but this clearly suggests that The National Enquirer paid for the story for Donald Trump, and that Donald Trump paid them back “in cash,” likely in an effort to hide the money trail.

It also confirms that Donald Trump clearly was involved in a transaction designed specifically to silence his mistress, to keep a woman who had a year-long affair with the President from telling her story, just weeks before the election. In fact, had this been known at the time, it could have changed the outcome of the election.

It will also likely raise questions about campaign finance laws, as well as the role The National Enquirer played, either as a media outlet or as what is essentially a paid campaign conduit for Trump.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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