Trump Lashes Out At Michael Cohen: ‘What Kind Of A Lawyer Would Tape A Client?’

Trump Lashes Out At Michael Cohen: ‘What Kind Of A Lawyer Would Tape A Client?’

President Donald Trump publicly fired back at his former personal attorney after CNN published a tape of Trump and Michael Cohen discussing arranging a payoff to Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump.

The tape, which was recorded by Cohen in September 2016, shows the two men apparently talking about purchasing the rights to McDougal’s story from American Media Inc., the parent company of National Enquirer. CNN obtained the tape from Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis, who contended that the recording indicated that the then-candidate suggested Cohen pay AMI with cash, contradicting the Trump legal team’s description of the conversation.

Wednesday morning, after Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani ran to Fox News to downplay the recording while claiming Trump told Cohen “don’t pay in cash,” the president took to Twitter to lash out at Cohen.

“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?” Trump wrote. “So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?”

(The president playing feigning ignorance on lawyers taping conversations is especially galling considering that Trump was mentored by notoriously sleazy attorney Roy Cohn.)

“Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?” POTUS added. “I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!”

Giuliani and Trump’s allies in the media have also pointed out that the tape ends suddenly, with Giuliani claiming that if it went on that what was said after would have been “exculpatory” to the president. Pro-Trump media has also pushed the notion that the tape shows no illegal activity, especially since Trump apparently didn’t pay AMI.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.