The recording of an interaction between President Trump and his now ex-lawyer Michale Cohen doesn’t provide anything damning, argues the panel of a Sean Hannity Fox News segment. Key parts of the tape are muffled, adding even more ambiguity. There was nothing illegal about the non-disclosure agreement that was discussed. More importantly, Trump didn’t pay anything in the end. The release of this tape is likely an attempt to discredit or smear the president with a story that has nothing to do with allegations of collusion with Russia. It appears that Cohen is being pressured for information that could be used against Trump.
The Michael Cohen tape of conversations between him and President Trump backs up the theory that Russia is blackmailing him, writes Virginia Heffernan of the Chicago Tribune. He most likely has more tapes; the 16 phones that the FBI found at his house suggest as much. What the recording itself demonstrates is that Trump has made several efforts to cover up stories that could hurt him politically, even with ruthless tactics to deceive targets into signing documents they don’t fully understand. There is likely to be more information that could be used against Trump. The Russian government might be using it to blackmail him.