Pundits Question Whether Trump Team Leaked News of Bombshell Tapes

Trump denies wrongdoing says taping of client ‘perhaps illegal

Since then, Cohen has publicly distanced himself from the president and remains under investigation by the government.

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

In his first public comments since a series of explosive reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump said it was "inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". He also asserted, without elaborating, in post: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

Mr Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Times that Mr Trump had discussed the payments with Mr Cohen on the tape but that the payments were ultimately never made.

She told CNN previously that he tried to pay her for sex. "Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

The tabloid never published the story. The Enquirer is owned by American Media Inc, whose CEO, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump's. The lawyer confirmed the payment, but do not call them goals.

None in fact was made. Another even more troubling question is raised as well: What other tapes or additional evidence from Cohen's files of possible Trump wrongdoing is now in prosecutors' hands?

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.

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"[But] it's very hard to claim fake news if people can actually hear you on tape - the more interesting thing is that Cohen apparently has lots and lots of these tapes", she added.

After The New York Times first revealed the existence of the tape - and Giuliani claimed the tape was exculpatory evidence that did no harm to Trump -- his legal team chose to remove any protection relating to the attorney-client relationship on this specific matter.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by earlier this year by federal authorities from Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump fixer.

Trump has repeatedly criticised the probe, a theme he returned to on Saturday.

"No Collusion, No Obstruction - but that doesn't matter", Trump wrote.

His comments stoked speculation that he might co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, although there has been no confirmation so far that he has done so. Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to ex-centerfold Karen McDougal. Trump has denied any affair with either Daniels or McDougal.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC on Saturday the Cohen recording put Trump in an uncomfortable legal position because it was evidence he may have broken campaign finance law. But if it turns out that there were multiple payments to women for the objective of aiding the Trump presidential campaign, which was formally launched on June 16, 2015, and those payments were not disclosed as campaign contributions, both the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice could potentially pursue claims against Trump and Cohen.

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