Is the Trump-Cohen tape evidence of a coverup?

President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“Trump says worse things in front of 40,000 people in an arena.” – Jack Armstrong, KGO810 Host

A tape of a mysterious conversation between Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, aired by CNN Tuesday night is being pinned as evidence the president had knowledge, despite his denials, of a money-deal to keep ex-PlayBoy model Karen McDougal from speaking out on their alleged affair a decade back.

Three items mentioned in the audio piqued suspicions from listeners: cash payment, 150, and David.

Here’s why: It recently broke the National Enquirer bought the rights to McDougal’s story proclaiming relations with Trump for $150,000 to prevent the word from spreading, a practice in the media business commonly known as “catch and kill.” David Pecker is the CEO of the parent company who owns the publication, American Media Inc. Coincidence?

“It’s not a smoking gun, but it raises all kinds of question, as many other Trump actions do, about whether there was a coverup,” Washington Post Senior Political Correspondent Aaron Blake told Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty.

Interpretations of the recording have ranged from incriminating to proof of innocence. Armstrong’s own personal two-cents: “Trump says worse things in front of 40,000 people in an arena.”

According to Blake the answer isn’t black or white. In the podcast below he explains the many different plausible scenarios that are being put forth!

 

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