I can't believe Michael Cohen would do this with me

US President Donald Trump waits for reporters to leave the room after speaking about his summit with Russia’s President Putin

President Donald Trump has condemned his former lawyer Michael Cohen amid U.S. media reports that he secretly recorded Mr Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model.

The erstwhile Trump loyalist has hired a new attorney, Clinton White House veteran Lanny Davis, and disassociated himself from the president as both remain under investigation.

Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer, 000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump "so tough" on child separations but not on Putin MORE on Saturday broke his silence about the revelation that his former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen secretly recorded one of their conversations before the 2016 election dealing with a payment over the story of a former Playboy model's alleged affair with Trump.

But according to CNN, Trump may have even more to worry about than the McDougal tape. "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!" CNN's Keith Allen has also just reported that Trump's reaction when he was informed that at least one tape was in the FBI's possession, was, "I can't believe Michael would do this with me".

The former Playboy model said that after their first sexual encounter, Trump tried to offer her money. The National Enquirer, however, did not publish the story.

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.

Giuliani confirmed the conversation to Reuters and that it took place in September 2016 but said it involved reimbursing the parent company of the National Enquirer tabloid for McDougal's story rights.

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Giuliani also denied Trump had an affair with McDougal. He said the tape would show that Trump makes it clear that if there is going to be a payment, it should be done by check, which would be easily traced.

It is unclear why Cohen and Trump discussed how to purchase the story from AMI and then apparently did not complete the transaction.

Under U.S. election law, presidential candidates must disclose campaign contributions, which are defined as things of value given to a campaign in order to influence an election.

What has Trump previously said?

The recording was reportedly seized by federal agents investigating whether Cohen violated bank and campaign finance laws.

It is a potential problem for Mr Trump because undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of United States campaign finance laws. Cohen has not been charged with a crime.

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