NY Times: Cohen recorded Pres. Trump talking about paying former Playboy model

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FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Trump’s personal lawyer, Cohen, brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn actress to prevent her from publicly […]

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded him discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model who said she had had an affair with him.

The newspaper says the FBI seized the recording during an April raid on attorney Michael Cohen’s office.

The Times cited lawyers and others familiar with the recording and reported Friday that Cohen made it two months before Trump’s 2016 election.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tells the newspaper Trump did discuss the payments to Karen McDougal with Cohen on the less than two-minute recording but a payment was never made.

Giuliani says Trump told Cohen if he did make a payment to do it by check so it could be documented.

Cohen hasn’t responded to text and email messages seeking comment. His lawyer Lanny Davis declined to comment to the Times.

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