Cohen Tapes Erase Attorney-Client Privilege, 'Indication of a Fraud'

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In the almost two-hour conversation with CNN reporter Chris Cuomo, which the people said appears to have been surreptitiously recorded by Mr. Cohen, the former Trump lawyer discussed at length the payment he arranged in October 2016, a month before the presidential election, to Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.

The government seized at last 12 audio tapes from Cohen, Trump's former longtime lawyer, a court filing on Monday revealed. So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? "When Mr. Giuliani ... accused my client, Mr. Cohen, of saying the word 'cash, ' I said, 'Wait for the tapes'". I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped - can this be so?

Trump is right. It wasn't illegal or necessarily improper for Cohen to tape a conversation with his client, but to release that tape to CNN was a shocking violation of his duty to preserve client confidences under the New York Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility, DR 4-101.

The only significant conversation between Cohen and Trump is on the tape that CNN aired audio of on Tuesday night, the Post reported.

It comes after an interview released earlier this month saw Cohen apparently signal potential willingness to cooperate with prosecutors against his former boss. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron. The company paid McDougal for her story about her rumored affair with the president but never published it, effectively gagging McDougal.




Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, later disclosed the president reimbursed Cohen through a monthly retainer, but had not learned of the deal with the porn actress until later.

If Trump made the alleged payments with his own funds, and made the payments strictly for personal, not campaign reasons, he could be legally in the clear. "Whatever spin Mr. Giuliani is trying to invent, it says 'cash, ' and Michael Cohen says 'no, no, no'".

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. Giuliani confirmed to NBC News that Trump's team waived the privilege protections over that recording.

Trump then asks, "What financing?" "Made from the best stuff on Earth!" says the parodied version of Trump on the tape. Cohen has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", said Giuliani, adding that Trump had previously told Cohen that if he were to make a payment related to the woman, to write a check instead of sending cash so that the transaction could be properly documented.

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