A sharp-worded audiotape of President Donald Trump‘s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, speaking with a reporter was released by National Public Radio.
Aiming to expose how Cohen has used intimidation tactics and threats to protect Trump, NPR on Thursday released the 2015 audio of the call between the attorney and NPR’s Tim Mak, who had been working on a story for The Daily Beast at the time.
While investigating claims from Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, that she’d been raped by her husband, Mak reached out to the president’s former aide, Hope Hicks in 2015. Ivana Trump later walked back her “rape” claims but at the time, Mak received a direct call from a furious Cohen.
**Warning for harsh language:
“You’re talking about Donald Trump, you’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual, who never raped anybody and of course understand that by the very definition you can’t rape your spouse,” Cohen said.
“Mark my words for it, I will make sure that you and I meet one day over in the courthouse and I will take you for every penny you still don’t have, and I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen told Mak. “Do not even think about going where I know you’re planning on going. And that’s my warning for the day.”
But Cohen was not done as he continued on the call.
“So I’m warning you, tread very f-ing lightly because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f-ing disgusting,” he added.
“Do you understand me? Don’t think you can hide behind your pen because it’s not going to happen,” he said. “I’m more than happy to discuss it with your attorney and with your legal counsel because motherf-ers you’re going to need it.”
Cohen apparently encouraged Mak to go ahead with his story as he told the reporter it would be his “absolute pleasure” to sue him.
“I think you should go ahead and write the story that you plan on writing; I think you should do it because I think you’re an idiot, all right, and I think your paper is a joke. And it’s going to be my absolute pleasure to serve you with a $500 million lawsuit,” he told Mak.
A lawsuit never materialized but former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg revealed that there were internal calls within the Trump campaign to fire Cohen, who later apologized for his claims that spousal rape is not illegal.
Make no mistake, liberals are already making a lot of hay out of the recording. The release of the audio added fuel to the fire of Stormy Daniel’s lawyer Michael Avenatti who was quick to jump on it:
If you thought the audio released yesterday of thug Cohen berating and threatening @timkmak was disturbing and disgusting, wait until the #TrumpTapes are made public. A whole different level. #ReleaseTheTapes #GameChanger #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 1, 2018
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