Rudy Giuliani told Laura Ingraham it was "outrageous" for Cohen to tape his client surreptitiously and "foolhardy for them to try to yell and scream and make believe what's on the tape". "Too bad!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
"Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes", Davis said.
On the tape, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story.
During Mr Cohen's years, the Trump Organisation sought opportunities in some colourful locales.
That's according to a secretly recorded tape of the conversation released amid an escalating feud between the president and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
In response to the newly released Cohen tape, the ethics watchdog Common Cause simply pointed to its complaint filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) earlier this year, which noted: "All indications are that AMI made the payment to McDougal in consultation with Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer and "fix-it" man, which makes AMI's payment a "coordinated expenditure" and in-kind corporate contribution to the Trump campaign".
No payment was ever made from Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's attorney, has said. Mr. Trump initially says "what financing?"
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A former Trump stalwart, Mr Cohen once famously vowed he would take a bullet for the president. "So much for ethics!" Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. His new-found willingness to share details of his work will rattle the president.
Increasingly, Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and holder of many of his personal secrets, appears to be flipping on his former boss.
The special master reviewing materials in his case said in a court filing earlier this week that a dozen recordings have been turned over to the prosecution. "This is what I first predicted in early April before the Federal Bureau of Investigation search warrants were executed-that ultimately Michael Cohen would flip on the president".
The tape appears to contradict the Trump campaign's later claim that Trump knew nothing about payments to a media company to keep model Karen McDougal's story from becoming public. Trump is heard responding, "Pay with cash". After Trump became president his lawyers created a trust that safeguards his interest in the Trump Organization while ostensibly managing the company without his input.
But Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, told Cuomo that "Richard Nixon couldn't spin the tape that did him in".
"These were two guys talking the same way you and I might talk about what to order off the Chinese menu", said Republican political strategist Rick Wilson on Cheddar Wednesday.
At the heart of their disagreement is an apparent reference from Trump in the audio to paying with cash, although the audio is muddled and each side disputes Trump's meaning.