Donald Trump and Michael Cohen discuss making payoff to National Enquirer publisher for woman’s silence

CNN obtained a secret recording from September 2016 that was made by Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to Donald Trump.

Transcript: Washington Post

Donald Trump

[In background] Good. Let me know what’s happening, okay? Oh, oh. Maybe because of this it would be better if you didn’t go, you know? Maybe because of this. For that one, you know — I think what you should do is get rid of this. Because it’s so false what they’re saying, it’s such bullshit. Um. [PAUSE] I think, I think this goes away quickly. I think what — I think it’s probably better to do the Charleston thing, just this time.Uh, yeah. In two weeks, it’s fine. I think right now it’s, it’s better. You know? Okay, hun. You take care of yourself. Thanks, [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. Yup, I’m proud of you. So long. Bye.

[Into phone] What’s happening?

Michael Cohen

Great poll, by the way.

Donald Trump

Yeah?

Michael Cohen

Seen it. Great poll.

Donald Trump

Making progress.

Michael Cohen

Big time.

Donald Trump

And, your guy is a good guy. He’s a good —

Michael Cohen

Who, Pastor Scott?

Donald Trump

Can’t believe this. No, Pastor Scott. What’s, what’s happening —

Michael Cohen

No —

Donald Trump

Can we use him anymore?

Michael Cohen

Oh, yeah, a hundred — no, you’re talking about Mark Burns. He’s, we’ve told him to [UNINTELLIGIBLE].

Donald Trump

I don’t need that — Mark Burns, are we using him?

Michael Cohen

No, no.

Female

Richard [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. I’m sorry, Richard [UNINTELLIGIBLE] just called. He — just when you have a chance, he had an idea for you.

Donald Trump

Okay, great.

Michael Cohen

Um, so, we got served from the New York Times. I told you this — we were …

Donald Trump

To what?

Michael Cohen

… To unseal the divorce papers with Ivana. Um, we’re fighting it. Um, [Trump attorney Marc] Kasowitz is going to —

Donald Trump

They should never be able to get that.

Michael Cohen

Never. Never. Kasowitz doesn’t think they’ll ever be able to. They don’t have a —

Donald Trump

Get me a Coke, please!

Michael Cohen

They don’t have a legitimate purpose, so —

Donald Trump

And you have a woman that doesn’t want this.

Michael Cohen

Correct.

Donald Trump

Who you’ve been handling.

Michael Cohen

Yes. And —

Donald Trump

And it’s been going on for a while.

Michael Cohen

About two, three weeks now.

Donald Trump

All you’ve got to do is delay for —

Michael Cohen

Even after that, it’s not ever going to be opened. There’s no, there’s no purpose for it. Um, told you about Charleston. Um, I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David, you know, so that — I’m going to do that right away. I’ve actually come up and I’ve spoken —

Donald Trump

Give it to me and get me a [UNINTELLIGIBLE].

Michael Cohen

And, I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up with …

Donald Trump

So, what do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?

Michael Cohen

… Funding … Yes. Um, and it’s all the stuff.

Donald Trump

Yeah, I was thinking about that.

Michael Cohen

All the stuff. Because — here, you never know where that company — you never know what he’s —

Donald Trump

Maybe he gets hit by a truck.

Michael Cohen

Correct. So, I’m all over that. And, I spoke to Allen about it, when it comes time for the financing, which will be —

Donald Trump

Wait a sec, what financing?

Michael Cohen

Well, I’ll have to pay him something.

Donald Trump

[UNINTELLIGIBLE] pay with cash…

Michael Cohen

No, no, no, no, no. I got it.

Donald Trump

… check.

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[Tape cuts off abruptly. Separate recording begins.]

Male

Hey Don, how are you?