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Juliette Kayyem On Cohen Tapes

Juliette Kayyem: The Cohen Tapes Illustrate The Trump Org's 'Mob Mentality'

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Michael Cohen in New York, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
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Juliette Kayyem On Cohen Tapes

Forty-four years ago on July 24, the Supreme Court of the United States ordered then-President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes.

And yesterday, July 24, Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis released a tape confirming President Trump’s knowledge of a hush payment made to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio today to talk about what the Cohen tape means for the president and the federal investigation involving Michael Cohen.

On the tape, Cohen and Trump discuss paying the parent company of the National Enquirer to kill a story related to Trump's alleged affair with McDougal.

“The tape is just proof that, essentially, the Trump organization had a ‘fix it’ mentality, a criminal mentality, a mob mentality,” said Kayyem.

She said the release of the tape was evidence that Cohen has “clearly flipped,” meaning he has agreed to work with the FBI.

Kayyem also said the tone of the tape illustrates Cohen and Trump have worked together on hush payments in the past and that this type of conversation is “business as usual” for the Trump organization.

“It sounds like they've been around the rodeo a few times before,” she said. “The ease by which they're figuring this out — there’s no way this was the first time they were doing [this].”

Stephanie Cliffords, an adult film actress who uses the name Stormy Daniels, was allegedly paid $130,000 by President Trump to stay silent about a different affair.

National Security expert Juliette Kayyem is a member of the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School, an analyst for CNN and CEO of ZEMCAR.

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