After the big Michael Cohen-Donald Trump taped dropped on CNN last night, there's now new reporting on the contents of another tape Cohen recorded. We hear Trump say "pay with cash", we hear Cohen saying "no no no", someone says "check", and the thing suddenly ends.
Earlier this week, Avenatti told Hill Reporter that there are additional tapes of Cohen and Trump, and that these "tapes contain very damaging admissions made by Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and others as to a number of critical issues".
But what's new and especially threatening to Trump's presidency is Cohen's material, of which there seems to be plenty. The two discuss polling numbers and the impact of a supportive African-American pastor. "As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports".
"I did it on my own", Cohen said of the payment, sources told The Journal. (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer.
At the very least, the tape suggests Mr Trump was aware that discussions were taking place to buy the rights to Ms McDougal's story.
By burying Ms. McDougal's story during the campaign in a practice known in the tabloid industry as "catch and kill", A.M.I. protected Mr. Trump from negative publicity that could have harmed his election chances, spending money to do so.
Trump responded to the release of the tape by trying to undermine Cohen's professionalism. But the proximity of the payments to the election raise serious legal questions about use of campaign finances.
"It clearly indicates that the president did not want to pay with cash".
It is a potential problem for Mr Trump because undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of USA campaign finance laws.
During an interview on Fox News, Napolitano explained why the secretly recorded tape could be concerning for Trump and his associates.
And per the Wall Street Journal, this particular Cohen conversation was with none other than CNN's Chris Cuomo. Mr Cohen's response is clear: "No, no, no". Mr Trump: "We won't pay with cash?" On the tape, Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing a potential payment to a former Playboy Playmate of the Year named Karen McDougal.
Government watchdog group Common Cause has said that the proposed payment benefited Trump's presidential election campaign and the failure to document it was potentially illegal. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? Special master Barbara Jones wrote in a court filing to US District Judge Kimba Wood that privilege claims were withdrawn over 12 audio tapes seized from Cohen - an action that could've been taken by either Cohen, Trump, or the Trump Organization.
Trump has admitted paying - via Cohen - another woman who has alleged a sexual relationship with him: porn actress Stormy Daniels, although Trump denies there was a relationship.