The Hill: 665 More Michael Cohen Documents Released

Then-candidate Trump and his lawyer discussed whether or not they should buy the rights to the story of McDougal's affair, rights being held by American Media, the parent company of the National Enquirer. She told Anderson Cooper that she believed National Enquirer's purchasing of the story was a favor for Mr. Trump in the last few months of the presidential election. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, asked July 23 if Mr Trump still denied he ever had a relationship with Ms McDougal, responded that "the president maintains he's done nothing wrong", and referred questions to Mr Giuliani.

The recording, which was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, was made in September 2016.

Government watchdog group Common Cause has said that the proposed payment benefited Trump's presidential election campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that Cohen is not seeking a pardon from the president as he faces a federal criminal investigation on campaign finance and bank fraud allegations in NY. But, Giuliani went on to say that Trump told Cohen if he were to make a payment to use a check instead of cash.

CNN previously reported that Trump's lawyers waived attorney-client privilege on the President's behalf regarding the recording involving him personally. Cohen explains, "We'll have to pay", and Trump can be heard saying, "pay with cash".

Cohen's attorney has said he released the tape after being subjected to an "intense campaign of disparagement" by the president's team.

"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.

Mr Trump then says something inaudible followed by "pay with cash". AMI had bought them from McDougal for $150,000 (£114,080) but AMI did not publish her story. During the office's 2014 investigation of a NY state anti-corruption commission, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, for example, Petrillo was angered with prosecutors after a newspaper story disclosed that his client in that probe was to be interviewed by federal investigators, according to people familiar with the matter. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay".

  • Rogelio Becker