Trump-Cohen tape: the conversation, controversy and key claims

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In the recording, Trump discusses a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal with his attorney Michael Cohen

A newly released recording of Donald Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal with his attorney Michael Cohen has raised fresh questions about what the president knew about efforts to silence women who have alleged affairs with him.

The tape, which was aired on CNN for the first time on Tuesday, was part of several recordings seized during an FBI raid on Cohen as part of a criminal investigation into his business dealings. Its contents both increase the scrutiny on Trump’s involvement in the payments and signal a potential rift between the president and Cohen, his longtime “fixer”.

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