Two things. First, Trump and Cohen seemed to be discussing the McDougal payoff explicitly in the context of the campaign and, second, Cohen seems to be acting as a de facto agent of the campaign in maneuvering to silence McDougal before Election Day.
The word "cash" may reveal Trump's intent to keep secret a scheme that was created to protect him from a shameful truth - his betrayal of his wife - and might also violate election laws that require every campaign-related expenditure be made public.
Cohen then shifts the conversation. Those are both troublesome things for Trump - not because of McDougal's situation but because of the payoff to Stormy Daniels, which *was* actually completed and which would be a legal problem for him if it's deemed to have been made for the goal of influencing an election, i.e.an unreported campaign contribution. The company paid McDougal for her story about her rumored affair with the president but never published it, effectively gagging McDougal.
The Department of Justice is looking into alleged hush money paid to women who claim they had a relationship with Mr Trump.
It isn't clear whether Mr. Cohen makes any indication on the tape that he arranged the payment to Ms. Clifford in order to bolster Mr. Trump's campaign. Weisselberg has detailed information about the Trump Organization's operations, business deals and finances.
"It clearly indicates that the president did not want to pay with cash". But it would be a harder case to make if the payment was seen as merely created to protect Trump, who is married, from embarrassment in his personal or private life.
The tape was reportedly made two months before the 2016 presidential election and weeks before the Trump campaign denied any knowledge about Karen McDougal's allegations of a 10-month fling with the tycoon.
At the very least, the tape suggests Mr Trump was aware that discussions were taking place to buy the rights to Ms McDougal's story.
When he released the tapes of President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, Cohen's lawyer not only caused a media firestorm, but he may have also pulled back the curtain on Trump's systematic tactics to quiet women from his past. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported on a deeper alliance forged between Cohen and American Media, which it said federal investigators were examining as part of the investigation into Cohen's business affairs.
White Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuated workers had arrived in Jordan after being "surrounded in a unsafe region". Also Monday, Israel said it fired a pair of missiles to intercept two missiles fired from Syria in Israel's direction.
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.
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.
The news was met with shock and sadness from friends and fans. "I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want". Lovato and Gomez have a storied friendship since appearing on " Barney and Friends " together at just 7 years old.
Trump and Giuliani's strategy is "flawed; just as Trump's false Twitter statement made against Cohen this morning", Davis said. Ms McDougal says she had a 10-month affair with Mr Trump in 2006, a year after he married his current wife Melania.
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.
Sweden's Marcus Ericsson put Sauber in the points with ninth and New Zealander Brendon Hatley was 10th for Toro Rosso. But, at the team's home race, Mercedes called off the fight: "Valtteri, this is James (Vowles - chief strategist).
In August 2016, AMI paid McDougal $150,000 for the right to her story but never published an article based on her account. But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence".
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.
Trump has also said he is considering tariffs on imports of automobiles, an action the European Union hopes to head off. The program is expected to start taking effect around Labor Day in the U.S. on September 3.
President Trump is scheduled to hold talk in Washington on July 25 with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker . He reiterated his willingness to ratchet up the trade war in a Tweet , stating, "Tariffs are the greatest! ".
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.
Israel strike Army positions in central Syria
Hundreds of volunteer rescuers have been evacuated from southwest Syria for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) administers a buffer zone between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syria.
Trump in unusual criticism of USA central bank
The US dollar went down on Friday amid President Donald Trump's criticism about the Federal Reserve's current monetary tightening. The White House in June already threatened to extend punishing USA duties progressively to up to $450 billion in Chinese imports.
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".