Cohen Lawyer: 'Spin' Can't Change What's On Tape

Al Sharpton and Michael Cohen

The conversation reportedly happened in September 2016, just two months before the November election. "The good news is that your favourite President did nothing wrong!"

The government did not break into Cohen's office.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.

The tapes were reportedly discovered during an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Mr Cohen's property earlier this year in NY. It was not immediately clear where Trump and Cohen were located at the time of the call.

President Trump on Saturday described former lawyer Michael Cohen's taping of a private conversation between them as "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal", but he reassured supporters that he has done nothing wrong. NY state law allows for recordings of conversations with only the consent of one party; other jurisdictions require all parties to agree to a recording. So Cohen's actions were not illegal.

Cohen had made a practice of recording telephone conversations, unbeknownst to those he was speaking with.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in April, searching in part for information about payments to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment from Cohen before the election to keep quiet about a sexual relationship she says she had with Trump.

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But the outlet never published the piece. Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to ex-centerfold Karen McDougal.

On Saturday, Trump appeared to slam both the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid and Cohen's behavior as "inconceivable".

McDougal is suing the owner of the National Enquirer, saying the company paid her $150,000 for a story about the alleged affair but then withheld it from publication.

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"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani told the newspaper of American Media Inc.'s payment.

Lawyer Rudy Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings.

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

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