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JULY 22, 2018
There is something called attorney client privilege and the pardon. For years, Donald Trump entrusted Michael Cohen with some of his most personal secrets; only now is he beginning to confront how dangerous that practice may have been. Since April, when federal agents searched Cohens office, home and hotel room, Trump has been a bit nervous that his longtime lawyer could become a legal liability, said a White House aide familiar with the presidents thinking.
Fridays disclosure that Cohen secretly recorded Trump, two months before the presidential election, discussing a payment to a former Playboy playmate who said she had an affair with him, and that federal prosecutors obtained the recording in their raids earlier this year, has changed the calculation. The former playmate, Karen McDougal, received $150,000 from the publisher of the National Enquirer, which is run by a friend of Trumps, David Pecker. Cohen remains under criminal investigation, although he has not been charged. Prosecutors from the U.S. attorneys office in Manhattan have said he is the target of an investigation into criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings.
It would be illegal and wrong if Cohen did
secretly tape his conversation with Trump. Trump expect privacy and
confidentiality from his attorney.