Newly released audio recordings reveal longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen brandishing profane legal threats to a reporter who was about to publish an explosive story about the then-presidential candidate.
'So 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,' Cohen exploded in the recorded phone call.
His threatening comments came out during the campaign, but on Thursday NPR published audio of the tense call for the first time and published the full tirade.
The move comes after it was revealed in court this week that Cohen has other recordings under 'lock and key' – and after porn star Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has claimed what he calls 'Trump tapes' while have more damaging information.
Newly released audio recordings reveal longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen brandishing profane legal threats against a reporter
The prolonged call came as Daily Beast reporter Tim Mak was seeking comment and context for a story he was doing a claim made by Ivanka Trump during divorce proceedings against the future president.
Trump's former wife used the word 'rape' in a deposition to describe what happened after a fight between the couple, also saying she felt 'violated.' She later backed off the language in a statement that accompanied the release of a book about the incident where she said: 'I referred to this as a 'rape,' but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.'
The audio recording reveals Cohen pushing hard to pressure the reporter from running the story.
'I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're 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 warns him.
'So 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' Cohen threatened on tape
'So 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,' he continued. 'I'm more than happy to discuss it with your attorney and with your legal counsel because motherf***** you're going to need it.'
The reporter repeatedly says he is giving Cohen an 'opportunity' to comment.
'I know exactly who you are and I know exactly what you do,' Cohen responds.