Avenatti pitched Michael Cohen on working together against Trump, source says

Porn actress Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti says

One concern when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home, hotel room, and office back in April was that authorities might get their hands on tapes of Cohen and Trump - and apparently, they did. He said it was less than two minutes long, said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong.

The New York Times broke the news Friday, July 20, that Cohen had secretly recorded a discussion about whether to pay for former model Karen McDougal's story about a 10-month affair with Donald Trump back in 2006.

Did either Trump or Cohen violate campaign finance law where McDougal is concerned?

But a source with knowledge of the conversation noted that NY, where Cohen's talk with Trump about McDougal was made face-to-face, is a "one-party consent" state, which means that only one person in a discussion needs to know about a recording device for the taping to be legal.

And while Fox reports that Cohen still has warm feelings toward First Lady Melania Trump, she describes his relationship with the president as "chillier" with the potential to turn into a "cold war". Avenatti has a history of taunting the president with claims to have more information on Trump's alleged indiscretions. This is further reinforced by the fact that the president refused to claim attorney-client privilege on this particular tape and that Giuliani said that conversation was never meant to be a secret.

Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, is under investigation over his alleged practice of paying women to stay silent about claims they had sexual relations with the married Trump.


SETH WENIG AP "I think he is ready to tell the truth" Michael Avenatti said of Michael Cohen

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Giuliani said.

Lawyer Rudy Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings. The National Enquirer bought her story for $150,000 as its "catch and kill" method of buying incriminating information that it may never use, rather they kill the story to protect someone, in this case Trump, a longtime good friend of Enquirer publisher David Pecker.

This combination of file photos shows Trump and McDougal.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the probe, a theme he returned to on Saturday. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.

Lawyers for Cohen could not immediately be reached for comment. In February, a White House spokesperson told ABC News, "This is an old story that is just more fake news". On Twitter, he scrubbed mentions and photos of Trump from a profile that previously identified him as "Personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump".

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