Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump.

Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer, 000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump "so tough" on child separations but not on Putin MORE have reportedly waived attorney-client privilege on a tape recording made by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which the two discuss payments regarding an ex-Playboy model who claims to have had an affair with Trump. That conversation took place weeks before Trump's November 2016 election.

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", he posted at 8:10 am.

He added that a lawyer secretly recording a client was "totally unheard of and perhaps illegal".

The government did not break into Cohen's office. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen.

Ever since Trump's former personal lawyer Micheal Cohen came under investigation it has been speculated that the former fixer would reveal critical secrets about the POTUS.

NY is a "one-party consent" state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording. So Cohen's actions were not illegal.

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"So not only is suggesting that Cohen committed a crime in recording him, but to accuse his former lawyer, who simply said may have the goods on him of committing the crime is a awful, bad idea", Specter continued.

McDougal sold her story to The National Enquirer for $150,000, but the tabloid, which was friendly to Trump during his campaign, held back the story in a "catch and kill" move that silenced her and her claims.

However, the recording shows that Trump - whose spokeswoman denied he had any knowledge of the AMI deal with McDougal when it became public days before the election - in fact knew of her claims and efforts to keep her quiet at least two months earlier. Cohen has not yet been arrested or charged.

The Washington Post reported that Mr Trump and Mr Cohen discussed possibly paying American Media Inc, the parent company of the National Enquirer, for the rights to Ms McDougal's story.

Cohen had made a practice of recording telephone conversations, unbeknownst to those with whom he was speaking.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed to The Times that Trump discussed payments to McDougal with Cohen, but he said that ultimately no payment was made.

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani said. The raid, conducted under a search warrant, was aimed at seizing records related to two women who received payments in the run-up to the 2016 election after they alleged extramarital affairs with Trump, among other documents. Two other sources said that beyond the tape with the President there were other recordings of "powerful" people speaking with Cohen that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized. She told CNN's Anderson Cooper in March that her first intimate encounter with Trump was in June 2006 after she met him at the Playboy mansion during a taping there of "The Apprentice".

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