Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client

Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client

US President Donald Trump has slammed his former lawyer.

"First, a lawyer taping a client is not illegal", said the source, adding that NY law only requires one party to consent for a recording.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney Michael Cohen had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.

But in a further twist to the story, Giuliani tells NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell on Saturday that the president has waived attorney-client privilege related to the tape.

Pressure has been mounting on Cohen for months to comply with investigators, who raided him under referral from special counsel Robert Mueller in the spring.

"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", the source added.

Late on Sunday night NZ time, Trump took to Twitter, saying "that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of".

"Nothing in that conversation suggests he had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani said. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment.

Cohen's recording adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories before the election.

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On the recording, Trump and Cohen were discussing payments to American Media Inc., or AMI, the parent company of The Enquirer, whose chairman, David J. Pecker, is friendly with the president. Presumably Trump and Cohen wanted to take over the rights to the tape so that they could be sure about the scandal staying on the down low.

"I think we need to bring this in-house", Cohen tells Trump, according to one person with knowledge of the recording. "And any attempt to spin can not change what is on the tape". She claims they had a months-long affair in 2006, shortly after Mr Trump's wife Melania gave birth to Barron, their son.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", he said.

Cohen, who served for a decade as a lawyer at the Trump Organization, was known to sometimes record conversations with associates, store them digitally and then replay them for colleagues, as The Washington Post reported in April.

Trump's current legal representative, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the tapes on Friday.

Given the amount of information made public on Friday, it's not yet clear.

That payout seems to be a significant part of a federal investigation into Cohen that's been going on for months, as the hush money may be in violation of campaign finance laws.

Trump's lawyers asking to remove the privilege designation from the recording means that the government now has access to it as part of the USA attorney for the Southern District of New York's probe into Cohen.

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