Wall Street Journal is reporting that Michael Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, in which he admitted that he, not Trump, paid pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000.
“The recording—which is about two-hours long—included topics ranging from the alleged years-old Trump affair with the former porn star to the payment,” according to Fox News. “The reported tape could potentially be used by the White House to distance Trump from the Daniels payment and damage Cohen’s character.”
According to the report, Cohen plainly admits he paid Daniels himself in a meeting with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Formerly, Cohen was a frequent guest on Cuomo’s show.
Cohen reportedly assured Cuomo that he was not taping their conversation, and put the phone in his desk drawer. The phone appears to record the whole conversation.
“I did it on my own,” Cohen said about the payment in the recording,” said the Fox News report. “It wasn’t for the campaign. It was for [Trump],” Cohen reportedly said when Cuomo asked if the payment could be construed as an in-kind campaign donation which would violate campaign finance law.
For months, CNN and other cable networks have hosted Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has vowed to fight Trump and get to the bottom of an alleged affair between his client and the President, as well as the $130,000 alleged “hush money” payment.