When financing comes up again later in the conversation, Trump interrupts Cohen asking, “What financing?” according to the recording. When Cohen tells Trump, “We’ll have to pay,” Trump is heard saying “pay with cash” but the audio is muddled and it’s unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Cohen says, “no, no” but it is not clear what is said next. [CNN]
TO SET the record straight, Michael Cohen and his attorney drop a taped recording of Donald Trump.
It proves Trump knew what Cohen was doing. The payments to Playboy girlfriend, Ms. McDougal, was known by Trump.
It’s now a legal war.
Davis later added: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you voted for Donald Trump, listen to the tape and ask yourself: Is Donald Trump lying when he said he didn’t use the word ‘cash’ and accuses Michael Cohen of using the word ‘cash’? Cohen has been disparaged. Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump.”
Michael Cohen can interpret their conversations. It makes him valuable, because he can inform the Mueller team on why the payment was made when it was: to impact the 2016 election.
It doesn’t matter if the money came from AMI or anyone else.
But what’s the deal about the sealed divorce time line, from Trump?
It was too close to the election.
…and if you’re setting up a fake company, you’re inviting a charge of fraud. As lawyers stated late last night, the “crime-fraud exception” is what Giuliani wanted to avoid.
Everyone knows Trump’s a liar, so this isn’t news.
The conspiracy revolves around the organized crime nature of the conversation, with Trump as boss, listening to his consigliere.
The American president is a crime figure.
Cohen’s case is that he can help Mueller understand Trump world. This tape proves he’s valuable, because only Michael Cohen knows the “back story,” as Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox said.
Trump’s reaction? To tell people not to believe their lying eyes and ears.
Anderson Cooper: "For the President… to tell people to stop believing what they see or what they read. It's what dictators, it's what authoritarian rulers say. It's unbelievable in the truest sense of the word” #TrumpTapes pic.twitter.com/7Bhr6IBEOj
— #Thinker 🌀 (@areta) July 25, 2018