July 26, 2018

Michael Cohen Releases Tape

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed disbelief that his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen would have taped conversations with him, a day after an audio recording of a conversation between the two men was aired on U.S. television.” (Reuters)

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The left considers this a significant development in the ongoing saga of Trump’s unsavory dealings.

The cash vs. check “distinction is important from a public-relations perspective… From a legal perspective, the more pressing question is whether the proposed payment to McDougal... would have represented a campaign expenditure, and whether the Trump campaign was planning to disclose it.”

The New Yorker

“While some may think campaign violations are trifles, remember that Al Capone was brought down by financial crimes

tax cheating), not his underlying deeds.”

Washington Post

The fact that Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer, is mentioned in the tape “should worry the president... If he winds up in investigators’ crosshairs for secreting payoffs, he could potentially provide much more damaging information to prosecutors than Cohen ever could about the president’s dealmaking.”


“This would have been a lethal revelation for any other president, but in these maddening Trump days, it becomes just another breach of faith, protocol, custom and possibly the law to toss on top of the ever-growing mound.”

New York Times

The right dismisses the tape as irrelevant.

The right dismisses the tape as irrelevant.

“For starters, no payment from Trump to AMI was ever made. AMI ended up retaining the rights to McDougal’s story... [Moreover] There’s nothing on the tape to suggest that Trump and Cohen had discussed this with AMI before the company made a deal with McDougal.”

Hot Air

According to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, “There’s no crime... Lawyers and clients have those conversations all the time. I’ve had conversations like that with clients. The end result was, cash was not used. No payments were made.”

Daily Caller

“Do the tapes suggest that Trump knew about efforts to buy the rights to women alleging extramarital affairs with him, and prevent those allegations from being revealed to the public? Sure. But how many of us were buying Trump’s denials on that?

National Review

Finally, “regardless of what Trump said on this tape, it has no relevance to the special counsel investigation into possible Russian collusion. It’s just a sophomoric attempt to embarrass Trump...This should be of no concern to anyone but Melania Trump. Americans do not care who Trump may or may not have slept with in 2006.”


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