CNN: Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier.
When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay." Trump is heard saying "pay with cash" but the audio is muddled and it's unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Cohen says, "no, no" but it is not clear what is said next.
Cohen attorney Lanny Davis, a longtime fixture in the world of Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN's Chris Cuomo that the only people who talk about cash are drug dealers and mobsters.
He also made a Nixon comparison, noting that tapes is what brought down the disgraced president after he continued to call the investigation into him a hoax.
"Ask yourself was Donald Trump lying or not? And the big issue going forward is going to be about, we all know his lies, but you can't deny a tape. Richard Nixon said one year of Watergate is enough. One year later, a tape caused him to resign from the presidency," Davis said.
From Tuesday's edition of Chris Cuomo Primetime on CNN:
LANNY DAVIS: What do they fear, Chris? Why am I representing him? They fear that he has the truth about Donald Trump. He will someday speak the truth about Donald Trump. The truth is that when Donald Trump said 'cash,' which Rudy Giuliani knows that only drug dealers and mobsters talk about cash, it was, you heard Michael Cohen ... say what? 'No, no, no, no.' ...
Ladies and gentlemen, if you voted for Donald Trump, listen to the tape and ask yourself: Is Donald Trump lying when he said he didn't use the word 'cash' and accuses Michael Cohen of using the word 'cash'? Cohen has been disparaged. Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump...
There is no way to spin the two falsehoods that Mr. Giuliani, on behalf of his client, Donald Trump, told America to disparage my client. One is that this is the first time that he heard about the Karen McDougal issue. Listen to the tape, everyone. This is not a man shocked when Mr. Cohen said, we have to make payments.