President Trump and his legal team were shocked last week when Michael Cohen handed over a recording he’d taken of their private phone conversation to CNN with the promise that there were more waiting in the pipeline. The tape, which was played on the network and has since made the rounds, purportedly has Trump and his lawyer discussing a payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump in the years leading up to his political run. While there was ultimately no payment made to McDougal, critics claim that the conversation itself is evidence of election fraud.
But on Saturday, Trump’s current lead attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that they’d had the tape analyzed by several experts and former FBI agents, leading them to believe that the audio had been meddled with in some way before being presented to the public.
“Now that we’ve seen the full scope of Cohen and Lanny Davis’ deception,” Giuliani said, “we don’t trust anything.”
Giuliani said the tape that everyone has heard is actually a “tape of a tape,” which makes it extremely difficult to determine if the audio was tampered with before being released of the public.
“Since we don’t have the original, we asked for it,” he said. “Our expert analysis is done until we get the raw copy, which we are seeking.”
Giuliani acknowledged that there were additional tapes that Cohen had made, but none of them directly involve Trump. He said they were primarily recording Cohen made while speaking to journalists about the Stormy Daniels payment situation and that none of them indicate any daylight between Trump’s public statements and his private actions.
“They show the president didn’t do anything wrong and that Cohen deceives people,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani said he had been willing to give Cohen the benefit of the doubt before the recording came out, but now he was forced to concede that those questioning the lawyer’s ethical reputation probably had the guy pegged.
“I always thought of Michael Cohen as a responsible guy, a guy who was basically honest and certainly who was extremely loyal to the president as the president was to him for many, many years,” Giuliani said. “I used to hear rumors about him about his character and some of the things he did and now I find he does things like records his client and doesn’t even tell him.”
Well, Cohen is running scared, trying to save his own ass, and has surrounded himself with Clinton-affiliated lawyers who want to ride the Michael Avenatti-train to fame using Cohen as their boarding pass. Surreptitious, edited recordings are probably just the tip of the iceberg. Cohen has officially been eaten up by the #Resistance.
As such, he’ll be spit out in the same way.