NEW YORK (AP) — The attorney for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, says Rudy Giuliani is “inventing words” as he defends Trump after the release of a tape Cohen secretly made of Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him.
On the audio tape, made two months before the election, Trump can be heard saying “pay with cash.”
Giuliani, Trump’s current lawyer, says he’s had an expert enhance the muffled recording. He says Trump actually says, “Don’t pay with cash,” showing Trump was not trying to hide the potential payment to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal’s story from becoming public. Trump’s lawyers say the payments were never made.
Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that Cohen is not seeking a pardon from the president as he faces a federal criminal investigation on campaign finance and bank fraud allegations in New York.