During a speech at the VFW in Missouri, President Trump said while speaking of tariffs and trade deals, “It’s all working out and just remember what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
Trump in Missouri: "It's all working out. Just remember: What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/pzeuyS0gPa
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2018
On Friday it was reported @ The News Blender, that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s onetime lawyer and self pro-claimed fixer had recorded at least one conversation between he and then candidate Trump. It’s been reported since that up to at least twelve audio tapes exist, what’s unknown is if they are all connected to conversations between President Trump and Cohen or if the tapes are of Cohen and others.
On Tuesday after President Trump’s remarks in Missouri, CNN during Cuomo Prime Time, hosted by Chris Cuomo, Michael Cohen’s attorney, the onetime former President Bill Clinton’s lawyer Lanny Davis, played the audio recording, which is said to have bee recorded in September 2016, live on air. The audio quality is not the best quality.
Cuomo plays the entire audio in the first minute or two of the show, the segment is twelve minutes long where portions of the audio recording are played again.
The Washington Post has posted the transcript that has been annotated.
From the transcript toward the end of the audio clip, it appears that Cohen and then candidate Trump are discussing a payment via a shell company to Playboy model Karen McDougal who alleges she and President Trump had a year long affair in 2006.
Cohen: Um, I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, *David, you know, so that — I’m going to do that right away. I’ve actually come up and I’ve spoken —
Trump: Give it to me and get me a [UNINTELLIGIBLE].
Cohen: And, I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up with…
Trump: So, what do we got to pay for this? **One-fifty?
Cohen: Funding . . . Yes. Um, and it’s all the stuff.
Trump: Yeah, I was thinking about that.
Cohen: All the stuff. Because — here, you never know where that company — you never know what he’s —
Trump: Maybe he gets hit by a truck.
Cohen: Correct. So, I’m all over that. And, I spoke to Allen about it, when it comes time for the financing, which will be —
Trump: Wait a sec, what financing?
Cohen: Well, I’ll have to pay him something.
Trump: [UNINTELLIGIBLE] pay with cash.
Cohen: No, no, no, no, no. I got it.
The tape cuts off at this point.
*David is said to be David Pecker, the CEO of American media, the parent company to the National Enquirer who bought McDougal’s story about the alleged affair for **$150,000 dollars, but the Enquirer never ran the story. She later sued and won the rights back to her story.
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News shortly after the audio tapes release and said via The Hill, that President Trump is saying “don’t pay cash,” on the audio recording, he adds, “there’s no way the president is going to be talking about setting up a corporation and using cash unless you’re a complete idiot and the president’s not an idiot.”
Giuliani explains that his team obtained the recording over the weekend and played it repeatedly. He urged people to “go online,” and play the tape. “Play it three times, on the third time you play it, it will become clear.”
He goes on to say, “I’ve got 4,000 hours of mafia people on tape. I know how to listen to them, I know how to transcribe them. I’ve dealt with much worse tapes than this.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 25, 2018