On the recording, released by Mr Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, Mr Trump can be heard discussing with Mr Cohen how to hush up allegations that he had an affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal in 2006, and buying the rights to her story, which she had sold to the National Enquirer for US$150,000.
Cohen is under federal investigation for bank fraud as well as possible campaign finance violations, and FBI agents are scrutinizing whether he had inflated the value of his taxi medallion business to seek additional financing.
Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance and approved of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower where his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, CNN reported on Thursday night.
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 adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump, and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.
"I think that Donald Trump Jr. said a year ago, the meeting was about 20 minutes", said Scaramucci. "There was a major flurry of activity.you have to remember, we were understaffed on that campaign, we were underfunded relative to Secretary [Hillary] Clinton's campaign as well". He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary's lawyer.
Trump has denied he had any knowledge of the meeting and that it took place.
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The company's purposeful obfuscation of its performance and compliance obligations to the Commission and its customers. This isn't the first time that NY has fought back against Charter/Spectrum over its dismal track record.
The president wrote of the special counsel: "Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend". He also says discussions over whether President Trump will be interviewed by Robert Mueller has been on hold for several weeks. If Cohen, who specialized in making deals and making Trump's problems go away, were to cut a deal, he would do so with an eye toward eliminating or cutting his potential punishment.
"My observation is that it was an evolution that caused him to decide once Donald Trump was president that he had to tell truth and change his life", Davis told the AP.
Giuliani's comments echo similar statements made by other members of the Trump camp, including the president himself.
And NBC's Ken Dilanian writes: "I may not understand this stuff, but I thought Trump was rich enough that his whole family could fly private".
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