The Latest: Giuliani: Trump didn’t offer to pay cash on tape
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on recordings of President Donald Trump and his onetime personal attorney (all times local):
President Donald Trump’s attorney says he’s had a secret recording of Trump taken by his former personal lawyer enhanced and Trump did not suggest paying cash for the rights to a former Playboy model’s story of an affair.
Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, recorded the conversation in 2016. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, provided the recording to CNN on Tuesday.
Rudy Giuliani tells The Associated Press that Trump did not want to pay cash and “suggesting otherwise is ridiculous.”
The conversation between Trump and Cohen came weeks after the National Enquirer’s parent company reached a $150,000 deal to pay former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair.
Giuliani says he doesn’t know if Cohen ever thought of paying with cash, but Trump “never did.”
President Donald Trump was recorded by his longtime personal lawyer discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, and at one point can be heard saying “pay with cash.”
Lanny Davis, who represents Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, provided the tape to CNN on Tuesday.
Cohen had secretly recorded the conversation in 2016.
Cohen can be heard on the recording saying he needs to start a company to transfer information, and says he’ll need financing.
Trump asks for more information and Cohen tells him, “We’ll have to pay.” The audio is muffled but Trump can be heard saying to “pay with cash,” and Cohen says, “no, no.”
Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani provided CNN with a transcript that says Trump said, “Don’t pay with cash.”