The news sounds like an episode of a soap opera with the juicy details it keeps spewing out on a daily basis. The latest secret revealed, Michael Cohen, the President’s longtime lawyer had secretly recorded conversations with Trump regarding payments to a former Playboy model who had an affair with Trump two months before the presidential election.

The recording was discovered from all the items seized by the FBI when they raided his home. Cohen is currently under investigation by the Justice Department for his involvement in paying women to stop them from talking about their time with President Trump right before the 2016 election.

According to the New York Times, “Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.”

Karen McDougal, the former model who says she had a yearlong affair with Donald Trump in 2006 after his wife Melania gave birth to their son and sold her story to the National Enquirer for $150,000. The magazine, however,  sat on the story and kept it from publishing it because they were supportive of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. They wanted to silence the former model during the 2016 campaign for Trump to become president.

When asked about the tape, Cohen’s attorney, Lanny J. Davis said, “We have nothing to say on this matter.”

The prosecutors have hoped to use the recordings between Cohen and Trump as evidence in the campaign finance investigation but now the decision has been tied up in the courts with a pending decision from the federal judge on whether the recordings were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Michael Cohen was once Trump’s most trusted adviser but now with everything weighing on his back, everyone is holding their breath to see if Cohen will tell prosecutors exactly what they want to know to take Trump down. Cohen has even publicly and privately discussed cooperating with the FBI, “My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.”

 

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