Trump says lawyer taping him may be 'illegal'


Although Trump charged in his tweet that the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke into Cohen's office, the agency was executing court-approved warrants in conducting the searches.

Trump tweeted today that the federal government's raid of his former attorney, Michael Cohen, was "inconceivable" but that Cohen's alleged taping of his conversations with Trump are "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".

Trump insisted on his innocence in Saturday's tweet, assuring his followers that "the good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

While, such tapes do not necessarily imply guilt on the part of Cohen or the President, Trump's reaction certainly doesn't sound like something coming from an individual with nothing to worry about.

Earlier this year, Trump initially denied knowledge of the payment to Daniels, but later admitted Cohen represented him in "this insane Stormy Daniels deal", making it more hard for him to distance himself from Cohen.

Rudy Giuliani, the public face of Trump's legal team, said the payment was never made and suggested that the recording was "exculpatory" when the New York Times first reported on the matter.

Cohen finds himself at the center of an investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes.

David Pecker, the chairman of its parent company, American Media, is a friend of Trump's.

"To get a warrant for a lawyer's office you have to have a really high bar of proof", she said.

Cohen's recording adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories before the election.

In recent weeks, Cohen has cut his legal cooperation with the President, making it clear in statements and interviews that his loyalty was to his family, and not Mr. Trump. The payment was never made, he said.

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said in a Twitter post that the recording will not hurt Cohen. "And any attempt to spin can not change what is on the tape".

Quick refresher: The "pee tape" was brought up in the so-called Steele dossier and is apparently a tape of Trump's hotel room during a trip to Moscow where prostitutes urinate on a bed.

Cohen's recent public remarks have raised suspicions that he could be willing to seek a cooperation agreement with the USA attorney's office that would require him to provide information federal prosecutors could use against other individuals they are examining. NY state, for example, has a "one-party consent" law, which makes it a crime to record an in-person or telephone conversation unless one party participating in the conversation consents. The lawyer confirmed the payment, but do not call them goals.