(From The Hill)
President Trump on Saturday broke his silence about the revelation that his former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen secretly recorded one of their conversations before the 2016 election dealing with a payment over the story of a former Playboy model’s alleged affair with Trump.
“Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!” Trump tweeted.
The New York Times had reported Friday that Cohen taped a conversation he had with Trump, then the GOP presidential nominee, in 2016 about paying former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had a yearlong affair with Trump starting in 2006 after he married now-first lady Melania Trump.
The Washington Post later reported that the FBI had seized a tape of Cohen’s involving a conversation between Trump and his lawyer in September 2016 on whether to purchase the rights to McDougal’s account of her alleged affair with Trump.
In the 90-second audio recording, according to the Post, Cohen can be heard urging Trump to buy the rights to the woman’s story after it was purchased by American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer.