Trump claims ex-lawyer’s phone-taping is ‘perhaps illegal’

US President Donald Trump stands during a joint statement at the White House. (Reuters)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Trump claims ex-lawyer’s phone-taping is ‘perhaps illegal’

  • Attorney Michael Cohen made a secret recording about a potential payment for former Playboy model
  • "Your favorite President did nothing wrong!” Trump tweeted

BRIDGEWATER/ NEW JERSEY: President Donald Trump is asserting that his former personal lawyer’s taping of their private phone conversations is “totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.”
Trump is responding to the revelation that attorney Michael Cohen made a secret recording of their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with Trump. That conversation took place weeks before Trump’s November 2016 election.
Trump tweets: “The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!” His lawyer has said the payment was never made.
The recording was part of the documents and electronic records seized by authorities from the longtime Trump fixer earlier this year.
Since then, Cohen has publicly distanced himself from the president and remains under investigation by the government.


US Attorney General backs Trump over Mueller report

Updated 10 min 6 sec ago
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US Attorney General backs Trump over Mueller report

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that the Mueller Report confirms the Russian government sought to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, but that no evidence was found that any American conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.

While Mueller drew no conclusion about whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice in the investigation, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally had concluded that while Trump was "frustrated and angry" about the Mueller probe, nothing the president did rose to the level of an "obstruction-of-justice offense," Barr said

Mueller's report examined 10 episodes pertaining to Trump and obstruction.

Barr said the president did not exert executive privilege to withhold anything in the report. And he said the president's personal attorney had requested and gotten a chance to review the report before its public release.

The Justice Department was to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report later Thursday on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, opening up months, if not years, of fights over what the document means in a deeply divided country.