>> President Donald Trump on Saturday claiming he did nothing wrong after reports surfaced that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with him discussing a potential payment to the former playboy model, Karen McDougal, who claim she had an affair with Trump. The conversation was recorded two months before the 2016 election, breaking his silence a day after the report surfacd, Trump said it's, quote, inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client, adding it's perhaps illegal.
The existence of the recording was first reported by the New York Times, which said the FBI seized the tapes this year during a raid on Cohen's office. Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told the Times the payments never happened and the tape proves Trump did nothing wrong. McDougal says she and Trump carried on a ten month affair starting in 2006, the same year porn star, Stormy Daniels, alleged she had an affair with Trump.
The alleged payments to McDougal echos what Daniels said was a similar arrangement she had with Trump. Daniels has filed two civil lawsuits against the president. One seeks to get out of a non disclosure agreement she signed with Michael Cohen before the 2016 election, in exchange for $130,000 to keep the episode secret, while the other is for defamation.
This year McDougal filed a lawsuit to get out of a deal reached in 2016 with AMI, publisher of the National Enquirer, that gave the company exclusive rights to her story in exchange for $150,000. The head of AMI, David Pecker, has described Trump as a, quote, personal friend, while the president has denied the affairs.