The best word to describe Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, is “sleazy.”
The fall-out between President Trump and Cohen began when federal agents raided the attorney’s home and office. There they found 12-audio recordings (taped without the president’s knowledge) regarding a host of assumed confidential and privileged conversations between Trump and his attorney.
The obvious betrayal regarding attorney-client privilege by Cohen should be a wake-up call for anyone seeking legal counsel especially if you care about confidentiality or not being secretly“bugged” by your lawyer.
The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with CNN’s Cuomo where he admitted to arranging a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016.
However, it isn’t clear whether the president personally instructed Cohen to make the payment on his behalf, or if Cohen “the attorney” negotiated the payment on his own.
“I did it on my own,” Cohen admitted in the recording, according to unnamed sources. Cohen had previously said he “facilitated” the payment with his own money and called it a “private transaction.”
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani had previously acknowledged that the president reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment through a monthly retainer, but insisted Trump wasn’t aware of the deal until much later.
This discloser once again unleashed the media-hounds, attempting to link Cohen’s payment to some type of a campaign finance violation by the Trump team.
“It wasn’t for the campaign”, Cohen’s voice could be heard on the audio, when asked by Cuomo if the payment could be misunderstood as a contribution.
Cohen reiterates, “It wasn’t for the campaign. It was for Trump.”
The CNN audio secretly recorded by Cohen after he assured Cuomo he wasn’t taping their conversation, illustrates once again the character of the man. However, this could potentially help the White House distanced themselves from the Daniels payment and also call into question Cohen’s credibility, regarding the Mueller probe.
As for Cohen secretly recording the president, although it’s not a crime in New York State, it’s certainly unethical. Moreover, if this was done in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania (just to name a few states), Cohen would be looking at some serious federal violations.