Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Al Sharpton Says His Meeting With Michael Cohen Sends ‘Signal’ to Trump

Donald Trump Michael Cohen and Karen McDougal JONATHAN NACKSTRAND HECTOR RETAMAL AFP Getty Images Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images for Playboy
Jeannette Daniel | 22 July, 2018, 07:21

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed to The Times that Trump discussed payments to McDougal with Cohen, but he said that ultimately no payment was made. Giuliani added that Trump told Cohen that if he did pay McDougal, it should be in the form of a check instead of cash so that it could be properly recorded, The Times said.

Sharpton told Velshi that Cohen's decision to sit down with the MSNBC host known for his work in the civil rights movement was a "signal" to Trump and Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's special counsel investigation that he was not in lock-step with his former boss.

Attorney Lanny Davis said Friday the recording won't hurt his client, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. He said the tape would show that Trump makes it clear that if there is going to be a payment, it should be done by check, which would be easily traced.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by federal authorities from the longtime Trump fixer earlier this year. The FBI investigation is separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of election interference in 2016 and potential obstruction of justice by those in the president's orbit. Moscow denies US allegations that it interfered in the election and Trump denies any campaign ties to Russian officials.

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The other woman, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, says Cohen paid her $130,000 in exchange for her silence about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006. On Twitter, he scrubbed mentions and photos of Trump from a profile that previously identified him as "Personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump". The National Enquirer, however, did not publish the story. David Pecker, the chairman of parent company American Media Inc (AMI), is Trump's friend.

Giuliani said the discussion of payment did not mean McDougal's claim of an affair was true and characterized it as an attempt to resolve false allegations that were "personally damaging" to Trump.

Giuliani said the proposed payment was a personal matter and not subject to campaign finance law.

"The significance of this tape is that it may indicate there was criminal conduct by either President Trump or Michael Cohen or both of them", Specter explained. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.

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