The conservative Drudge Report on Wednesday labeled Michael Cohen "the rat" after the release of a secretly recorded conversation between President TrumpDonald John Trump2 women win Georgia Dem runoffs, extending streak for female candidates Giuliani on Trump-Cohen audio: "I've dealt with much worse tapes than this" Roseanne to sit down with Hannity in first television interview since ABC canceled show MORE and his former personal attorney.
Giuliani, Trump's current lawyer, says he's had an expert enhance the muffled recording.
On the tape, which was broadcast on Tuesday, Trump can be heard discussing with Cohen how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with a Playboy model in 2006 and buying the rights to her story.
He added that the tape - which is one of 12 recordings seized from Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room by federal investigators in April - ends abruptly, which he said suggests either Cohen erased what he didn't want anybody to hear or he intentionally cut it off.
Giuliani contended that the recording would not harm Trump after news broke last week in The New York Times that the recording of Trump and Cohen was among those obtained by prosecutors. Instead, he brought potential licensing deals to the president's attention for years and also worked with the career criminal and Trump business partner Felix Sater on a proposal for a Trump project in Moscow. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".
The tape appears to contradict the Trump campaign's later claim that Trump knew nothing about payments to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal's story from becoming public.
Trump has denied the affair and his legal team says the transaction never occurred.
Lanny Davis, who is representing Cohen (what?) appeared on Chris Cuomo's show on CNN and blasted Trump, saying that the "only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters".
At one point, asked if the payment could be construed as an in-kind contribution, Mr. Cohen responds: "It wasn't for the campaign".
"He's now dedicated to telling the truth to everyone, and we'll have to see what happens", Davis said. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay".
"Your favorite President did nothing wrong!".
"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump tweeted, in an apparent reference to an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen in April.