In an explosive development, President Trump’s long-time lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen can be heard in a secretly recorded phone conversation asking then-candidate Trump for his PIN so he can make a $150,000 payment to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal, who was about to publish an account of her year-long affair with the real estate mogul in the National Enquirer.
“Is it 1457 or 1754?” Cohen can be heard asking Trump in the 2016 recording, one of several Cohen made of his conversations with Trump and which were seized by the FBI in a raid of his properties earlier this year. “I had it written down but I can’t find my cheat sheet.”
“You can’t find your what?” Trump can be heard saying.
“My cheat sheet,” Cohen responded.
“I didn’t cheat,” Trump says. “Don’t talk about cheating. That’s what this is all about. Why are you bringing up cheating?”
“I’m not,” Cohen says. “I’m trying to get your PIN number. You know, for the 150.”
“She wants 150?”
“That’s for everything,” Cohen says. “All the stuff.”
“Can you pay cash?”
“No, no, no, never,” Cohen says. “I’m setting up a company. That’s why I need your PIN.”
“My PIN number? How the hell do I know what my PIN number is? Ask my accountant.”
“I asked him. He said to ask you.”
“Michael, just make this go away. The election is in four weeks. Can you make this go away? I don’t care how you do it.”
“I can write a check.”
“Fine. Do that.”
‘”What’s your bank routing number?”
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