An attorney for President Donald Trump's former lawyer says "any attempt at spin can not change what is on" a recording of Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with him years ago.
In a morning tweet from his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., Trump said that it was "inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of". "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".
Trump tweets: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".
Legal experts told Business Insider that they found it freaky that Cohen felt the need to record a conversation with Trump, and some said they had never heard of an attorney secretly recording a client.
The former model, Karen McDougal, said she began an almost yearlong affair with Mr Trump in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron, the Times said.
Federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trumpâs personal attorney were looking for information about payments to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal, middle, and porn actress Stormy Daniels, right, two people familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press. The practice, known as "catch and kill" kept the story from becoming public for the remainder of the presidential campaign.
The erstwhile Trump loyalist has hired a new attorney, Clinton White House veteran Lanny Davis, and disassociated himself from the president as both remain under investigation.
Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape".
A person familiar with the investigation said Trump's attorneys, who are reviewing all the material seized in the raids, have not claimed the recording is a privileged attorney-client conversation. But the Enquirer did not publish her kiss-and-tell, and she says she was tricked.
Trump and Cohen discussed the possible payment after AMI bought the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016.
David Pecker, the head of the Enquirer's parent company, is a close friend of Trump's.
Michael Cohen recorded the conversation with Trump, which was seized by federal agents.
But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence".
In May, President Trump admitted that he had reimbursed Mr Cohen for a payment he made to another woman to hush up her claims of an affair.
McDougal is one of two adult stars who have said they were silenced during the campaign about the alleged affairs they had with Trump.
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.
When questioned about the allegations, President Trump has denied the affair and said he had no knowledge of any payment.
McDougal, 47, alleges that she had a 10-month romantic affair with Trump in 2006.