Cohen is believed to have recorded a conversation with Trump discussing the purchase of rights to an unpublished National Enquirer story about Playboy model Karen McDougal's alleged affair with the future president. According to the New York Times, the recording was among the documents and materials seized by the FBI during the raid of his hotel, residences, and offices back in April.
McDougal said that the affair lasted over a year and began around the time that Melania Trump gave birth to son Barron. The conversation was said to have been recorded two months before the election in 2016. Although Trump denied the affair, this isn't the first time he has been linked to an extra-marital dalliance involving payoffs.
A similar situation happened with porn star Stormy Daniels who sued Trump over an alleged $130,000 agreement Cohen reportedly made to her on Trump's behalf to keep her quiet. Trump denied that they had an affair.
Hollywood and beyond were thrilled about the recordings that could potentially be used against Trump. In addition, stars are holding out hope that there will be more tapes to come. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter that "all" of the tapes should be released, suggesting that there are more out there.
And there is a reason why I used the term that I did and demanded the release of the #TrumpTapes as opposed to the #TrumpTape. If Michael Cohen is a patriot, then ALL of the tapes should be released to the American people. Now. Too much is at stake. #Basta
"When Comey said, 'Lordy, I hope there are tapes,' I doubt he was thinking about tapes Cohen made of Trump talking about paying off porn stars," George Takei wrote. "But with this White House, any kind of tapes might exist. Literally any.
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When Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes," I doubt he was thinking about tapes Cohen made of Trump talking about paying off porn stars. But with this White House, any kind of tapes might exist. Literally any.
Ok Michael Cohen has a tape of Trump saying he paid a playboy model to keep quiet about an affair he had with her. So can anyone answer me this, why isn't anyone attacking Melania for staying with him like they did to Hillary? #DoubleStandardForRepublicans
Trump entered politics on a lie (birtherism), got elected on a lie (Mexico paying for his wall), took office on a lie (largest inauguration in history), and continues to lie (Russia, North Korea, NATO, immigration, taxes, Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, etc.) every damn day. pic.twitter.com/SJd48CWucw
Please let there be evidence of a federal campaign finance law violation here. Please let there be evidence of a federal campaign finance law violation here. Please let there be evidence of a federal campaign finance law violation here. https://t.co/SBH1xzXmWB