Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters on Friday Cohen recorded a conversation with Trump in September, two months before the 2016 election, in which they discussed buying the rights to a story by a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who said she had an affair with Trump.
"It was already out there so seemed no point in objecting except on principle", Giuliani said.
Yet "it remains murky whether and when a NY lawyer can ethically tape without advance disclosure", Harris said.
The tabloid ultimately did not publish the story, preventing it from becoming public. "Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump tweeted Saturday morning. Trump told Cohen to write a check if a payment was to be made, therefore creating a paper trail; and no payment was made in the end, Giuliani said.
Lanny Davis, one of Cohen's lawyers, claimed in a written statement late Friday that the contents of the recording would not be damaging for his client.
Trump had apparently been unaware of the recordings until he was told about them earlier this week.
In addition, Giuliani has said there is only one real conversation with the President and the rest are non-substantive, short, more mundane conversations about ministerial matters, like setting up discussions.
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Trump's current personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed to the Times that the Cohen tape existed, but said it showed the president had done nothing wrong.
Earlier this year, in an interview with CNN, McDougal detailed what she said was a 10-month affair she had with Trump in 2006 and 2007.
The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by federal authorities from the long-standing associate of Mr Trump earlier this year.
Mr Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape".
McDougal says she began a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron. "In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence".
Trump is largely silent in the conversation, the people said, neither expressing surprise nor indicating whether he knew previously about the AMI deal.
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.
The FBI is also investigating Cohen's payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the election in exchange for silence about an alleged one-time encounter with Trump.
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA.
The boat capsized Thursday evening when a thunderstorm hit the area and brought winds that approached near-hurricane speeds. He said it is unknown whether the captain or Ride the Ducks staff checked the forecast prior to going on the lake.
He trailed Max Muncy of the Dodgers 12-4 with 2:20 left, then peeled off six homers in 47 seconds before calling a timeout. A few years ago Major League Baseball revamped the Home Run Derby format to make things more exciting and hey, it worked.
The North Korean leader said he hopes to "bring our next meeting forward" in the concluding sentence of the letter. He was referring the summit statement signed by the two leaders - the first-ever U.S.
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Her photo - snapped as she posed in a red suit and white top on a balcony - showed the slightest peek of a baby bump. TMZ reports that Upton is in Miami for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Model Search during Miami Swim Week.
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In a not unexpected development, the streaming giant Netflix led all other content providers with the most Emmy nominations today. Leading the nominations in totals by platform were Netflix (112), leapfrogging last year's leader HBO , which scored 108.
In his resignation letter Mr Johnson said Mrs May's Brexit strategy killed the "dream" of breaking free from the European Union . In the afternoon, Mrs May will appear before a House of Commons committee to answer questions on her Brexit strategy.
Following the change, Tesla buyers will only be eligible to receive the full $7,500 federal tax credit until December 31. People walk past a showroom outside Tesla China headquarters at China Central Mall in Beijing, China July 11, 2018.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming US support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Tuesday. Several senators said Trump is making it hard to work with allies to counter China.
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Nancy Sinatra, the first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
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