"In fact, perhaps the only illegal act in all of this tape, is a lawyer recording his client without his client's knowledge".
"So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?" The president also questioned the abrupt ending of the recording, suggesting the tape was cut off before the president started talking about positive things.
Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis says the tape shows Trump saying that they should pay in cash, to which Cohen responds, "no no".
Cohen, who once declared he was so loyal he would "take a bullet for the president", is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws.
During an interview on Fox News, Napolitano explained why the secretly recorded tape could be concerning for Trump and his associates. That was shortly after now First Lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.
McDougal was paid by the parent company of the National Enquirer, but reports claim that the money actually came from Trump. Davis does acknowledge that Trump used the word "check" toward the end of the tape.
At one point during the Ivana discussion, Trump yells out, "Get me a Coke, please!"
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Nearly all rides have been streamed to his channel on the live video website Twitch, where he goes by the username "JustSmurf". But the company did tell CNN its community guidelines "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy".
Instead, Mr Cohen is throwing the punches, raising suspicions that this may be the first blow in an escalating fight with the president.
"Cohen appeared to make some recordings with an iPhone - without telling anyone he was taping them", The Post said. Big cash payments signal shady business and Cohen, who was well adapted to Trump's environment of intrigue and deception, was obviously trying to save the boss from himself.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insists Trump said, "Don't pay with cash".
In the secret conversationーrecorded two months before the 2016 electionーCohen says, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David".
Investigators are examining his role in buying the silence of a porn star who alleges an affair with Mr Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this week "the president maintains he's done nothing wrong".
The recording turned up after federal agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room this spring as part of an investigation into possible fraud and violation of election laws.
Lawyers for the two men have said the payments ultimately were never made.
A former Trump stalwart, Mr Cohen once famously vowed he would take a bullet for the president.