Michael Cohen Not Seeking Pardon From Donald Trump, Attorney Lanny Davis Says

Mr. Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, maintains the president is saying, in effect, don't pay with cash, pay with a check.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording of the conversation aired exclusively on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".

The context matters. Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis who provided the tape to CNN, stressed repeatedly that Mr. Trump said "cash".

In the recording released on Tuesday, Cohen tells Trump of his plans to set up a shell company and then finance the purchase of the rights from AMI.

A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney, Michael Cohen and U.S. President Donald Trump from outside federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018 and in the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. In New York state it is legal to record a conversation if one party consents.

Davis suggested Wednesday that more of Cohen's secret recordings could be released.

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Trump interrupts Cohen on the tape, asking, "What financing?"

"Typically, they would be really mad at him", another former prosecutor in the office said of Cohen, but allowed that prosecutors could be somewhat mollified by the fact that the release of the recording likely doesn't adversely affect their investigation, since the people and entities involved had already been made public. A person familiar with discussions among Cohen's legal team said his other attorney, Guy Petrillo, a former chief of the criminal division at the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY who is known for a by-the-book approach, was also on board with the decision to make the material public. "It's about truth", Davis said on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday. She says she had an affair with Mr. Trump more than a decade ago, which the president denies.

The discussion relates to whether Trump should buy the rights of the story from American Media, which paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story about an alleged 10 month affair with Trump.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David, you know, so that - I'm going to do that right away", Mr Cohen says.

Cohen replies, "We'll have to pay".

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