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Trump says he 'did nothing wrong' after Cohen tape revelation

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE on Saturday broke his silence about the revelation that his former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen secretly recorded one of their conversations before the 2016 election dealing with a payment over the story of a former Playboy model's alleged affair with Trump.

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) - almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!" Trump tweeted.

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The New York Times had reported Friday that Cohen taped a conversation he had with Trump, then the GOP presidential nominee, in 2016 about paying former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had a yearlong affair with Trump starting in 2006 after he married now-first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania spokeswoman calls for boycott of TI over video The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia MORE.

The Washington Post later reported that the FBI had seized a tape of Cohen's involving a conversation between Trump and his lawyer in September 2016 on whether to purchase the rights to McDougal's account of her alleged affair with Trump.

In the 90-second audio recording, according to the Post, Cohen can be heard urging Trump to buy the rights to the woman's story after it was purchased by American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer.

AMI had purchased the rights to McDougal's story in August 2016 for $150,000, but never ran a piece. The former model sued the company over the deal earlier this year and reached a settlement in April.

“I think we need to bring this in-house,” Cohen tells Trump in the recording, a source told the Post.

The recording was reportedly seized by federal agents investigating whether Cohen violated bank and campaign finance laws.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed to the newspaper that the recording existed but declined to discuss details and said a payment was never made. He also claimed that nothing in the tape shows that Trump "had any knowledge of it in advance." 

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of [the AMI payment] in advance,” Giuliani told the Post. “In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence.”
 
– John Bowden contributed
 
Updated at 8:50 a.m.