In the end, nothing came out of the conversation.
That is the take away from news reports led by the New York Times that Attorney Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney for a number of years, had a tape of him and the president discussing a potential payout to a Playboy model after she claimed to have had sex with him.
The source told Fox News that no payment was ever made.
The New York Times first reported that the FBI seized the recording during a raid earlier this year on Cohen’s office as part of an investigation into the former Trump lawyer’s payments to women to shut down stories about his client leading up to the 2016 election — a practice known as “catch-and-kill.”
Fox News has confirmed the details of the tape.
The conversation is said to involve a possible payment to Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, and took place two months before the election.
The Wall Street Journal reported in November 2016 that McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc. — the parent company to the National Enquirer — for the rights to the story, but it never ran.
President Trump’s new personal attorney says there is no there-there.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Times that while there was a discussion, the payment was never made and the tape showed that Trump had done nothing wrong.
“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani told The Times. He also said that Trump told Cohen that any payment should be by check, not cash, so it could be documented properly.
“In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence,” he said.
All headlines with no story to be had in an attempt to smear as much mud on President Donald Trump as possible even if there is no rain or dirt to be had.
Pathetic coming from a “professional” media.