Giuliani also said that no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump as the FBI investigates business dealings undertaken by the president's former lawyer.
Cohen secretly recorded a conversation he had with Mr. Trump shortly before the 2016 presidential election in which they discussed a possible payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006.
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.
According to the Times, the FBI seized the recording in April when they raided Cohen's office and hotel rooms as part of an investigation into whether Cohen violated campaign finance laws, among other potential criminal acts. It is ironic that Trump would complain about a privileged tape that would not have been released and then chooses to make it public himself.
In an interview with The Times, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed Trump discussed the payments with Cohen on the tape, but he asserted that Trump did not engage in any wrongdoing. Over the years, Cohen, in his dealings on Trump's behalf with journalists, opposing lawyers and business adversaries, frequently taped his conversations, unbeknown to the people with whom he was speaking.
But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence".
"The transaction that Michael is talking about on the tape never took place, but what's important is: If it did take place, the president said it has to be done correctly and it has to be done by check" to keep a proper record of it, Giuliani said.
Trump had apparently been unaware of the recordings until he was told about them earlier this week.
On Friday, Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said in a statement: "Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that".
Media captionWas Trump's Stormy Danielspayment legal? At the time, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks called McDougal's claims "totally untrue". "Any attempt at spin cannot change what is on the tape".
In August 2016, AMI paid McDougal $150,000 for the right to her story but never published an article based on her account.
Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Mr Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Mr Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. As part of the deal, McDougal signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevented her from revealing the affair.
Hezbollah-controlled al-Manar TV said the Syrian army had captured one of the last rebel-held areas in Deraa province, al-Aliyeh. But a western part of the province, as well as most of adjacent Quneitra, still escape his control.
The christening photos were captured by photographer Matt Holyoak and four of them have now been released to the public. Princess Charlotte nearly stole the show - again - by affectionately holding her baby brother's hand during the shoot.
Novak Djokovic advanced to a fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal . Williams played in a Wimbledon final on Saturday in just her second major back after having a baby in September.
The incident in Missouri was part of a storm system that struck much of the Midwest late Thursday, according to meteorologists. A thunderstorm brought winds of 50 to 65 miles per hour to the area shortly before the first 911 call came in at 7:09 p.m.
Incidently, the Nadal versus Del Potro match lasted exactly the same length as Rafa's win against Roger Federer in the 2008 final. Two sets to love and a match point down, Anderson found something from within to rally back and stun the greatest of all time .
Other pricey upgrades include the 32 GB RAM and processor upgrades, although they are all six-core options on the 15-inch model. The MacBook Pro models come with Touch Bar feature as well, which was introduced back in 2016 when these were launched.
He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics and moved on to play for the Midland RockHounds in 2013 through 2014. Harper hit 13 home runs in the first round , eliminating Freddie Freeman and advancing to the semifinals.
On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. If Kavanaugh wins confirmation, he would cement the conservative 5-4 tilt on the Supreme Court.
As we mentioned though, you can find all this detail in the above gallery which will make sure you don't get lost. For the Nintendo Switch, Epic games has also included motion controls which can be adjusted in the Settings menu.
According to one source, the meeting was kept private because Trump asked Putin to give him some time to consider the offer. Coats, being the top USA intelligence official that he is, of course reacted as if he hadn't been told a thing about it.
A pair of Palestinian teenagers who were on a rooftop when they were targeted by an Israeli air raid were reported killed. Israel's army said Saturday's strikes targeted military facilities belonging to Hamas.
On Friday, protesters flew a blimp depicting the USA president as an orange, snarling baby just outside the British parliament. In Saturday's tweets, Trump cast blame on former President Barack Obama for failing to stop Russian election meddling.
UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election
Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Mrs May after "losing trust" in her ability to deliver Brexit. Donald Trump on his visit to the United Kingdom last week said Johnson would make "a great prime minister".
Comcast bows out of Fox deal, thus ceding victory to Disney
We wondered how far this race would last, we need wonder no more as Comcast have officially pulled out of the deal to acquire Fox. Sky's independent committee has recommended that shareholders accept Comcast's offer, a further blow to Mr Murdoch.
Trump hits the links at his Scottish golf resort
President Donald Trump is setting low expectations for his Monday's summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin . Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) attacked CNN's Wolf Blitzer during his show on Monday.
Jabari Parker Signs 2-Year $40 Million Deal With Bulls
Parker spent his first four National Basketball Association seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks , has torn his left ACL twice. No word on the amount of the deal being discussed, or if the Bucks will match, but the move is a curious one for Chicago.
Trump says he misspoke on Russian meddling
They met in private, with only translators present, but Schumer referred to notes that were taken in debriefings of the meeting. Putin spoke frankly on the topic of Crimea, saying that the USA delegation had expressed its view that the invasion was illegal.
5 things to know about Tesla's China plans
Ramping up manufacturing in Fremont first is critical to Tesla being able to sustain itself financially. Tesla sold 14,779 vehicles in China a year ago , according to data from LMC Automotive.
Trump backtracks on Brexit, says US-UK ties indispensable
There's no love lost between the US President and Sadiq Khan, who Trump said had done a "terrible job" as London mayor. Later they will hold talks with the foreign secretary at Chequers - the PM's country residence in Buckinghamshire.
Djokovic tops Air K to reach semifinals
This is a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final appearance for Djokovic, although there was some doubt he would reach that mark. But the Argentine broke back immediately with a volley and then saved another break point at 5-5 with an ace.