Trump attacks his former lawyer after leak on ‘Playboy model’ recording

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New York Times reports how President Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Saturday, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Mr. Cohen’s decision to record a discussion they had two months before the 2016 election about paying a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

“Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) — almost unheard of,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “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!”

With his tweet, Mr. Trump signaled open warfare on Mr. Cohen, a longtime fixer he had until now tried to keep by his side as the Justice Department investigates Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to quash potentially damaging news coverage about Mr. Trump during the campaign.

In late April, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that “I have always liked & respected” Mr. Cohen, and that while “most people will flip if the Government” spares them punishment, “I don’t see Michael doing that.” But early this month, Mr. Cohen suggested that he was looking seriously at cooperating with prosecutors, telling ABC News that “I put family and country first.”

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