The Jury Talks Back

7/25/2018

CNN Obtains Tape of Trump Talking to Cohen

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:14 am

It’s outrageous that Mueller would leak this!!!!1! Except 1) Mueller isn’t running this investigation and 2) CNN explicitly says it got the tape from Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer.

Donald Trump complains on Twitter that the tape ends abruptly, which is typically dishonest of him as the sudden end is almost certainly for his protection (my educated guess is that attorney-client privileged materials immediately follow).

It’s not 100% clear what the tapes reveal. They seem to be discussing reimbursing “our friend David” (presumably David Pecker, the head of the National Enquirer), for his “catch and kill” hush money payment to Karen McDougal. The Big Dispute between Lanny Davis and Rudy Giuliani appears to be who was proposing that the sleazy payment be made in cash, with Davis saying Trump proposed that and Giuliani saying Cohen did. I can’t tell — and I can’t figure out why I am supposed to care. Here’s the audio so you can reach your own conclusions:

UPDATE: Interesting question raised by bobble in the comments: perhaps “our friend David” refers to David Dennison (an alias Trump used in these payoffs) rather than David Pecker.

Not impossible at all.

UPDATE x2: On second thought, the “maybe he gets hit by a truck” line seems more consistent with it being Pecker.

5 Comments »

  1. I left this comment on a different thread but it makes more sense here.

    Searching lawyers’ offices isn’t new or unheard of.

    Comment by DRJ — 7/25/2018 @ 9:19 am

  2. And it’s attorney-client, not attorney-Clinton, although both sound right.

    Comment by DRJ — 7/25/2018 @ 9:21 am

  3. Trump asks what kind of lawyer would tape a client. The obvious answer is a lawyer that doesn’t trust his client. Given Trump’s history of lies and changing his stories/opinions when it helps him, Cohen was smart to tape Trump.

    Comment by DRJ — 7/25/2018 @ 9:39 am

  4. And it’s attorney-client, not attorney-Clinton, although both sound right.

    LOL, dang autocorrect, thanks.

    Comment by Patterico — 7/25/2018 @ 9:43 am

  5. UPDATE x2: On second thought, the “maybe he gets hit by a truck” line seems more consistent with it being Pecker.

    Comment by Patterico — 7/25/2018 @ 9:47 am

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