Donald Trump has a long history of trying to prove he’s a ladies man by flashing his money and properties and reeling in the most desperate of trophy wives. Not only does Trump make wives of the more “presentable” ones, but he also loves to go slumming with Playboy Playmates like Karen McDougal, who he had an affair with for almost a year in 2006, according to McDougal.
The playmate claims that the affair took place right after the birth of Donald’s youngest son, Barron, during his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump.
Now, NY Times has published a story revealing the existence of a tape recording of Donald Trump discussing the payoff of that playmate with his then lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen recorded the conversation a couple months before the presidential election, and that tape was seized from Cohen’s office during the now infamous FBI raid.
According to The Times:
“The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.”
The report continues:
“The recording’s existence further draws Mr. Trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret. And it highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to Mr. Trump. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump’s secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.”
Trump’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, released a statement via telephone in which he claimed that the existence of the tapes prove nothing other than that the president is innocent:
“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance. In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence.”
Cohen’s attorney told the press there was, “nothing to say on this matter.”
Trump’s campaign denied knowing anything about a payoff to the playmate in the fall of 2016, after the recordings were made.