Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone recording 'perhaps illegal'

Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone recording 'perhaps illegal'

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims she had an affair with Trump after they met in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. That conversation is protected by attorney-client privilege and so would any secret recording of the conversation [emphasis added].

His comments stoked speculation that he might co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, although there has been no confirmation so far that he has done so.

During the search in the office of the former lawyer of the President of the United States Donald trump, Michael Cohen detectives the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the transcript on payment of the porn star Stephanie Clifford.

Stephen Gillers, an authority of legal ethics and professor at New York University School of Law, told The American Lawyer in April that such recordings are "an issue on which the national profession has not come to common agreement", but he argued that law firms should forbid the practice except in very narrow circumstances. "The passage of time has only made that clearer, with these tapes the latest evidence". The transaction never happened, Giuliani told CNN.

Trump and Giuliani's strategy is "flawed; just as Trump's false Twitter statement made against Cohen this morning", Davis said. The magazine, which is published by a friend of Mr Trump's, did not print it. "And any attempt to spin can not change what is on the tape".

Avenatti told MSNBC on Friday that there are more tapes.

What's more, they see Giuliani's public comments as a way to change the subject from the President's near-universally panned performance in Helsinki, Finland, at the beginning of last week.

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Cohen's recent public remarks have raised suspicions that he could be willing to seek a cooperation agreement with the United States attorney's office that would require him to provide information federal prosecutors could use against other individuals they are examining. "The President says 'make sure it's done correctly, and make sure its done by check'".

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. He said the conversation does not pose any legal jeopardy for the president. When he learned this week about the tapes, which are now in the possession of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he reportedly said, "I can't believe Michael would do this to me". Giuliani said it was less than two minutes long and that Trump was not aware that the call was being recorded.

He then said "even more inconceivable... that a lawyer would tape a client... totally unheard of and perhaps illegal". "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!".

Cohen tweeted there's "no one better to talk to!" than Sharpton. Rudy claims the tape is "exculpatory". The U.S. President called "disgraceful" a search of Cohen. "The tweet is straightforward and correct".

NY law allows one party to a conversation to tape it without the other knowing.

"Taping a conversation is the functional equivalent of retaining notes", the source said.

Specter suggested the tape may fall under the crime/fraud exception to the attorney/client privilege.

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