Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Made Tape With Trump About Payments To Karen McDougal, Alleged Year-Long Trump Mistress

Donald Trump with Karen McDougal via CBS News

Donald Trump with Karen McDougal via CBS News

A New York Times article revealed on Friday that president Trump's longtime fixer and friend who maintained an office in Trump Tower located close to the now president, lawyer Michael D. Cohen, recorded a conversation with the presidential candidate two months before the presidential election. The conversation is communication about a second payment to insure McDougal's silence after an initial arrangement with The National Inquirer.

The recording, seized during a raid on Mr. Cohen's office by the FBI several months ago,  is potential evidence in a Justice Department investigation about Cohen's involvement in paying women to kill or tamp down breaking news stories that could embarrass the presidential candidate in the days before the election.

To recap, the former model Karen McDougal claims that she was involved in a nearly year-long affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after the birth of his son Barron with First Lady Melania Trump. McDougal sold her story to The National Enquirer in the tumultuous days before the 2016 presidential election, but it was never published. 

McDougal's claim came in an avalanche of media stories around Trump's affairs with multiple women and after the release of the now infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about being able to grab any woman he wanted by the p###y. 

Karen McDougal with Donald Trump in pictures she posted in September 2015 via The Telegraph

Karen McDougal with Donald Trump in pictures she posted in September 2015 via The Telegraph

David J Pecker, the chairman of The Inquirer's parent company and a longtime, very close friend of Trump's is believed to have employed a practice known as "catch and kill", whereby a story is paid for with no intention of ever publishing it. This allegation and similar ones with other women are under investigation by the FBI. 

The Wall Street Journal first revealed the allegations by McDougal against the current President on Nov. 4, 2016. The story was batted down by then Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who said "We have no knowledge of any of this," claiming that the claim of an affair was "totally untrue."


Two-Thirds Of Americans Believe Women's Stories Of Trump Affairs


Sixty-three percent of people surveyed in a new CNN poll believe the women alleging affairs over Trump's quiet denials that they happened at all. In an interest Twist, Trump's overall approval rating rose significantly, even as people said they believe his women accusers and also that Trump's Cabinet and team of top advisers are "generally less qualified and less in touch than previous presidential appointees."

There are expected party and gender divides on both questions. Women are more inclined than men to say they believe the women claiming affairs (70% to 54%). Even among Republicans or leaning toward the Republican party, 45% of women say they believe the women compared with just 25% of GOP and GOP-leaning men. As expected, Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to say the women should be freed from their NDAs. 78% among Democrats, 49% among independents and 25% among Republicans agree. These answers also break down on gender lines, with 59% saying the women should be free to discuss what happened with trump vs 34% saying the agreements should remain in place. Men disagree with 48% saying the agreements should remain in place and 43% saying the women should be free to discuss their relationships with Trump.

Related: 9 Takeaways from Karen McDougal's Interview CNN

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Ronan Farrow Details Trump's Affair With Karen McDougal, As Story Daniels Says She Has A Monica Lewinsky Dress


Melania Trump must be out of her mind. Here is another major expose about her philandering, immoral, Putin-lover husband, a man who is unfortunately our president. The golden showers in Russia are looking more believable every day. Any woman who married Trump with his reputation and marital history deserves what she gets -- which is a whole lotta money in this case. I can't image this marriage will be saved, as Trump has made Melania Trump one of the most publicly humiliated women ever in history.

Ronan Farrow, who also broke The New Yorker story on Harvey Weinstein is the pen behind 'Donald Trump, A Playboy Model and A System For Concealing Infidelity'. The players include Trump loyalist David Pecker, the chairman of American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer; Karen McDougal, a former Playmate of the Year; Donald Trump; and Dylan Howard, A.M.I.’s chief content officer.

Do not confuse Karen McDougal with Stormy Daniels. They are separate women who apparently had affairs with Trump simultaneously -- or close to it. All we know for sure is that Melania had given birth to Trump's son Barron in the recent past.

It's easy to trip in the details trying to keep the multiple women straight, but it seems that Trump bedded both women in July, 2006, at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, at the Edgewood Resort, on Lake Tahoe. 

Donald Trump with Rabbi Marvin Hier, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Pastor Paula White in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Donald Trump with Rabbi Marvin Hier, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Pastor Paula White in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pastor Paula White, Trump's chief spiritual adviser, says he has a 'hunger for God'. White was in the news last month, suggesting that people send her their January salary or face consequences from God.  The televangelist and exponent of the "health, wealth and prosperity" movement, preaches a made-for-Trump doctrine that says "God wants people to be rich, and he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing. So the richer you are, the more obvious it is that God loves you, and the stronger your faith is. The Guardian breaks down the components of Trump's 'God loves a good Monopoly game' version of Christianity.

A Marist poll published Wednesday -- on Valentine's Day --prompted over a third of Americans to say they think First Lady Melania Trump should leave the president. Newsweek explains:

The Marist poll reveals some interesting observations about Americans’ opinion on the alleged presidential infidelity. For example, 49 percent of men thought Melania should stay with her husband. Women, however, were divided: 38 percent felt she should leave Trump, 36 percent felt she should stay and 26 percent were unsure.

Age-wise, respondents aged over 45 were more inclined to believe that the Trumps should work on their marriage together. 47 percent of people 45 and over felt Melania should stay with Trump, while 41 percent of those under the age of 45 felt she should leave.

There was also a stark difference in opinion between Republicans and Democrats. 71 percent of Republicans—Trump’s party—felt that the couple should stay together. 50 percent of Democrats felt Melania should leave the president.

Stormy Daniels is now ready to talk to America, saying that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has broken the privacy stipulations around the NDA in his admission that he did facilitate a six-figure payment to the adult film star.

Flip the initials NDA to DNA, which is Trump's newest problem after Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she has a "Monica Lewinsky dress", a gold mini dress she wore during her alleged tryst with Trump in Lake Tahoe. She’s kept the dress “in pristine condition” and plans to have it forensically tested for samples of hair, skin or “anything else” that would contain DNA, reported The Blast, which also shared a photo of the dress in its report, the Mercury News reports