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Trump lashes out at Michael Cohen after release of recording

Trump lashes out at Michael Cohen after release of recording

President Donald Trump's attorney says he's had a secret recording of Trump taken by his former personal lawyer enhanced and Trump did not suggest paying cash for the rights to a former Playboy model's story of an affair.

On the recording, which is clear enough but not crystal, Cohen is heard discussing the matter and brings up its "financing" with then-candidate Trump, who asks, "What financing?"

Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, released the recording to CNN on Tuesday night in what is seen as an open hostility between the US president and Cohen.

Giuliani, Trump's current lawyer, says he's had an expert enhance the muffled recording.

Davis, who worked for the Bill Clinton White House, has accused Trump's new personal lawyer, former federal prosecutor and NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, of disparaging Cohen, alleging the Trump camp are "afraid" of his client.

On Wednesday, a seething Trump lashed out, tweeting: "What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?"

President Donald Trump blasted his former attorney Michael Cohen on Wednesday, the morning after CNN aired the audio of a recording Cohen made of the two.

He also disputed the veracity of the tape by saying Trump did not say Cohen should "pay with cash", as Davis claimed. The prosecutors for the Southern District of NY said at the time that special counsel Robert Mueller's office had referred a case about Cohen's business dealings to their office and had not been involved since.

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There's plenty of speculation about whether the release of the tape signals Michael Cohen's intention to "turn" on Trump, but there's been no indication from Cohen (yet) that he plans to do so.

Davis told Cuomo the tape clearly shows that it's Trump who says "cash" and declared, "Richard Nixon couldn't spin the tape that did him in, and there's no way that Mr. Giuliani, who knows from being U.S. Attorney, the only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters".

President Trump, as mentioned, also chose to chime in on the Cohen tape.

The FBI raids on Cohen came ahead of a disclosure from the Department of Justice in early April that the longtime Trump attorney had been "under criminal investigation" for months.

Giuliani said Trump told Cohen that if he did pay McDougal, it should be in the form of a check instead of cash so that it could be properly recorded, The Times reported.

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.

"It's about lies and truth", he said. "No president is above the law", added Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).