Cohen to CNN's Cuomo: I Made Stormy Payment 'on My Own'

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"This is about truth versus lying and ultimately Trump is going to be done in by the truth".

The Department of Justice is looking into alleged hush money paid to women who claim they had a relationship with Mr Trump.

Trump then asks, "What financing?"

Increasingly, Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and holder of many of his personal secrets, appears to be flipping on his former boss.

On the tape released Tuesday by CNN, Trump can be heard discussing with NY fixer Michael Cohen how to buy the rights to the story of a Playboy model, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The debate over whether Trump was advocating for payments via cash or cheque is "irrelevant" in determining whether he violated campaign finance laws, said Joshua Douglas, a professor of election law at the University of Kentucky.

-The president tweeted his concern that Russian will have an impact on the midterms: "Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

Avenatti said on Twitter that Cohen has to immediately release all tapes in his possession, "come clean", and quit playing games to prove that his intentions are pure, particularly when it comes to cooperating with federal investigators now combing through Cohen's files.

In the almost two-hour conversation with CNN reporter Chris Cuomo, which the people said appears to have been surreptitiously recorded by Mr. Cohen, the former Trump lawyer discussed at length the payment he arranged in October 2016, a month before the presidential election, to Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels. Trump has brushed these stories off for years.

Instead, Mr Cohen is throwing the punches, raising suspicions that this may be the first blow in an escalating fight with the president.

Weisselberg also served as treasurer of the president's troubled philanthropy, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, which the New York State Attorney General has sued for allegations involving "extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law".

The conversation took place after The Journal in January revealed that Cohen had arranged the payment to Daniels.

Earlier this week, Avenatti told Hill Reporter that there are additional tapes of Cohen and Trump, and that these "tapes contain very damaging admissions made by Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and others as to a number of critical issues".

Read the Post's full report on the additional Trump-Cohen tapes and what made Cohen flip here.

Mr Giuliani said Mr Cohen, as Trump's lawyer, thought it would be best if he could buy the rights to Ms McDougal's story and the recording captures the two of them discussing how to do that, the NYT reported.

Cohen, of course, already is reportedly being investigated by federal prosecutors in NY for possibly engaging in bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

One question is why Cohen chose to make it public. But it still poses a major problem for Trump.

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