Trump says ex-lawyer’s tape over ‘model payment’ may be illegal
Michael Cohen’s recording adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories before 2016 election. US President Donald Trump has reacted to reports that his former lawyer secretly taped him discussing payments to a former Playboy model two months before the 2016 election, amid questions about whether the then-Republican candidate tried to quash damaging stories before the vote. The recording was discovered when the New York offices of lawyer Michael Cohen were raided by the FBI earlier this year following a referral from Robert Mueller. Mueller is the special counsel probing alleged Russian interference in the election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. The FBI investigation is separate from Mueller’s probe. “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal,” he said, adding that he had done “nothing wrong”.