And it is! But the bigger story here isn’t that one conversation between Trump and his fixer. After all, we know that Cohen did this sort of dirty work for Trump; Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 11 days before the 2016 election to ensure her silence about an alleged tryst she says she had with Trump in the 2000s. And we know, despite the initial denials from Cohen and Trump, that Trump paid Cohen back for that payout.
“Cohen has other recordings of the President in his records that were seized by the FBI, said a source with knowledge of Cohen’s tapes and Giuliani, who described the other recordings as mundane discussions.
“There are other tapes of Cohen and other “powerful” individuals that the FBI seized beyond the President that could be embarrassing for the people on the tape and for Cohen, according to a source familiar with the tapes. The source said the people are of “significance and consequence.”
First of all, mundanity is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the rest of the Cohen-Trump tapes are just the two of them talking about the dismal state of the Knicks. Or about “Hamilton.” Or whatever.
It also means that Cohen’s conversation with other “powerful” individuals has the potential to contain a bombshell or two as well. It’s not clear whether those revelations — if they are indeed on tape — would boomerang back onto Trump or anyone else in the President’s inner circle. But, given Cohen’s reputation as a secret-keeper willing to walk very, very close to the line of what’s legal — the fact that he secretly recorded a series of conversations with the man who is now President of the United States (and other “powerful” people) is a very big deal.
A Cohen freed from his almost-sycophantic relationship with Trump could be a dangerous thing for Trump — not to mention the likes of Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. And that Cohen with possession of recordings he secretly taped of conversations with Trump as well as other “powerful” people is a prospect that should send a shiver of fear through Trump world.
That’s the real story here. Don’t miss it.