President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen was caught on audio recording verbally abusing and threatening a Daily Beast reporter covering Ivana Trump’s allegation of rape against the president. The recording was released in a piece published by NPR Thursday.
“Mark my words for it, I will make sure that you and I meet one day over in the courthouse and I will take you for every penny you still don’t have, and I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen told Tim Mak, then a Daily Beast reporter who has since moved to NPR. “I’m warning you, tread very f***ing lightly because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f***ing disgusting. Do you understand me? Don’t think you can hide behind your pen because it’s not going to happen.”
In the recording, Mak repeatedly tries to discuss the story reasonably with Cohen and incorporate Trump’s point of view into the story, as is typical journalistic practice. Cohen, however, replied by aggressively threatening Mak, disparaging his paper and him personally.
During the call, Cohen also falsely claimed that it is not possible for a man to rape a wife.
Cohen later apologized for this claim.
As noted by NPR, this incident may be relevant to the case being brought against the president by Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Avenatti has said that his client was threatened by Cohen into signing the non-disclosure agreement she entered into to keep silent about the affair she says she had with Trump.
Listen to the phone call below, via NPR: