Donald Trump said that he found "inconceivable" that a lawyer is recording discussions with a client, following the disclosure that his former personal attorney secretly recorded their conversation about a potential payment for an ancie n Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with the US president before the 2016 elections.
The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by federal authorities earlier this year from Michael Cohen, a long-time associate and self-appointed "fixator" for the president American.
tweet, Mr. Trump called such a recording "totally unknown and possibly illegal".
Inconceivable that the government will introduce in the office of a lawyer (early morning) – almost never heard. Even more inconceivable than a lawyer taps on a client – totally new and possibly illegal. The good news is that your favorite President has done nothing wrong!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
He also stated: "The good news is that your favorite president has done nothing wrong!"
M . Cohen had been in the habit of recording conversations, unbeknownst to those he was talking to.
The Law of the State of New York allows the recording of conversations with the sole consent of a party; other jurisdictions require all parties that they accept a registration. It is not immediately clear where Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen were at the time the registration was made.
The recording of Cohen adds to the questions of whether Mr. Trump tried to Stifle prejudicial stories before the elections.
His campaign had stated that he knew nothing about any payments to former model Karen McDougal. It could also confuse the president further in a criminal investigation that targeted Mr. Cohen for months.
Transparency groups and Democrats argued that the secret efforts to silence Mr. Trump's accusers, including a payment to Stormy Daniels investigated by the Federal Election Commission as potential violations of the funding laws of campaign, which require the disclosure of campaign expenses.