Donald Trump just might be having severe regrets about releasing his former personal attorney aka fixer’s taped conversation between the two men right about now. Cohen secretly taped over 100 meetings, but this tape caused both New York State and the investigator into Russia and possible Trump campaign conspiracy to move in a different direction. The unintended consequences of releasing the tape caused the president to pull down a whole cascade of problems onto his head.
Now, the FBI has issued subpoenas to Trump’s personal financial adviser, Allen Weisselberg. Apparently, the special counsel and NY AG believed the man has some information that could aid in their investigations.
Cohen’s tape lasted just two minutes during the 2016 presidential campaign, but it certainly contained a wealth of information. On the tape, we can hear the former fixer as he said that he had spoken to Weisselberg. The financial man previously worked as executive vice president and CFO (chief financial officer) of the Trump Organization for decades, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The president’s former attorney told Trump that he had conferred with Weisselberg on how to establish a company to pay off a woman who claimed to have a nearly year-long affair with Trump. Karen McDougal was a former Playboy model who sold her story to The Enquirer.
Another longtime Trump friend owns American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the publication. After The Enquirer bought the story and its exclusive rights, it killed the article, meaning McDougal had to sue in order to tell her story.
Cohen said on the tape:
‘I’ve spoken with Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up.’
Weisselberg structured Cohen’s $35,000 monthly retainer from the Trump organization. Former New York City mayor and attorney, Rudy Giuliani, suggested that money went into a slush fund to pay off Stormy Daniels to the tune of $130,000 in hush money. Trump and Daniels had a sexual encounter in 2006, but she was not paid off until she threatened to go public right before the presidential election.
At this time, Cohen is under investigation for campaign finance violations and bank fraud, among other crimes.
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