The CNN broadcaster released on Wednesday an alleged recording of the then United States presidential candidate Donald Trump's conversation with his former attorney Michael Cohen, where the two seem to be discussing payments to buy the rights to an adult-film actress's story about her purported affair with Trump.
They include a recording of a conversation between Cohen and Trump two months before the November 2016 election, whose existence was made public last week, in which they discussed buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump, according to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers. McDougal sold her story as an exclusive to the National Enquirer in August 2016 for $150,000, though the tabloid never published her story - effectively buying her silence about her alleged affair with Trump.
Last night, however, the Washington Post reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has actually "seized more than 100 recordings that Michael Cohen made of his conversations with people discussing matters that may relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking".
Davis, who worked for the Bill Clinton White House, has accused Trump's new personal lawyer, former federal prosecutor and NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, of disparaging Cohen, alleging the Trump camp are "afraid" of his client.
Lordy, there are tapes-along with a whole new wave of media questions about Donald Trump, his veracity, the break with his former lawyer, and his current lawyer saying "the president is not an idiot". Giuliani confirmed to NBC News that Trump's team waived the privilege protections over that recording. "When Mr. Giuliani ... accused my client, Mr. Cohen, of saying the word 'cash, ' I said, 'Wait for the tapes'".
One of the recordings has already been released.
In the at-times muddled recording, Mr Cohen says he wants to set up a company to acquire the rights off American Media, the company that owns the Enquirer.
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Mr Giuliani said the president says "don't pay with cash". "So sad!" Trump wrote, blasting his former longtime fixer, but not addressing the substance of what was said on the tape.
"With the leak of this tape, people are saying 'all bets are off.' There's a wait-and-see attitude", Michael Caputo, a former communications advisor on the Trump campaign, told Observer.
Increasingly, Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and holder of many of his personal secrets, appears to be flipping on his former boss.
In the months since, speculation has grown about what the legal pressure on Cohen might mean for Trump - discussion far removed from Cohen's claim previous year that he would "take a bullet" for the President. The president denies the affair.
Facing an FBI investigation after years of acting as a "fixer" for Trump, Cohen, also a key figure in the Russian Federation investigation, increasingly appears to have flipped on his former boss in what's quickly become the greatest legal threat to his presidency.
Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.