Jurors Hear Trump Discuss Payments in Hush Money Trial

 May 3, 2024

A recording of Donald Trump discussing potential payments to silence a Playboy model surfaces in his hush money trial.

The recorded conversation, pivotal to the case, features Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, strategizing over financial arrangements to prevent a potentially damaging story from influencing the 2016 presidential election, AP News reported.

The jurors listened intently as the audio played, revealing the detailed planning between Trump and Cohen. In the recording from September 2016, Trump is heard asking about the cost of securing the silence of Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had an affair with him.

“What do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?” Trump asks, to which Cohen responds negatively, suggesting a different approach. “Check,” Trump then affirms, signaling his preference for the payment method.

The Role of Cohen and Others in the Payment Scheme

The recording is crucial as it directly connects Trump to the negotiations and eventual payments that were made to McDougal through complex financial maneuvers.

Cohen, who handled the arrangements, was later reimbursed by Trump’s company, which logged these payments as legal expenses. This move is now part of the 34 felony counts Trump faces, specifically for falsifying business records.

Attorney Keith Davidson, who represented McDougal during the negotiations, testified about the significant impact these actions might have had on the election. He suggested that their efforts to suppress the story could have influenced Trump’s success.

Testimonies and Legal Arguments Presented in Court

As the trial progresses, various testimonies paint a complex picture of the events leading up to the election. Trump’s legal team argues that Cohen was the orchestrator of the hush money dealings, distancing Trump from direct involvement. However, Davidson’s involvement and testimony challenge this narrative, as he had negotiated similar agreements in the past and understood their legal ramifications.

“I had familiarized myself with the law,” Davidson claimed, highlighting his previous experience with such payments. Keith Davidson’s reflection on the broader implications of their actions was particularly striking:

There was an understanding that our efforts may have in some way...our activities may have in some way assisted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

Surrounding Legal Challenges and Prosecution Strategies

The context of the trial is further complicated by additional legal battles Trump faces. Prosecutors have also sought fines against Trump for violating a gag order related to his public comments about the case and its witnesses. This isn’t the first time; Trump had previously faced penalties for similar infractions.

Moreover, Cohen’s grievances post-election about not being reimbursed promptly and being overlooked for a position in the Trump administration intensify public and legal scrutiny, adding a layer of personal betrayal to the proceedings.


The hush money trial of Donald Trump has captivated public and media attention, focusing on a 2016 recording where Trump discusses payments to suppress a story about an alleged affair. This trial centers on Trump's connection to the payments, recorded as legal expenses, which he faces multiple felony charges for.

The testimonies of Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson are crucial, with Davidson indicating that their actions could have influenced the presidential election. As the legal proceedings continue, the implications of these revelations on Trump's legacy and the legal precedents they may set remain to be seen.

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