Trump is responding to the revelation that attorney Michael Cohen made a secret recording of their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump.
President Trump on Saturday described former lawyer Michael Cohen's taping of a private conversation between them as "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal", but he reassured supporters that he has done nothing wrong.
The "break in" referenced by Trump was actually the raiding by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in April of the Manhattan office and residences of Trump's then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for potential bank and election-law crimes.
The raid on Cohen's home office and hotel stemmed from an investigation by NY federal prosecutors for potential violations of banking and election laws. "This is a very surprising tweet from the president this morning where he suggests his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, committed a crime".
Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed to the newspaper that the recording existed but declined to discuss details and said a payment was never made.
Trump Inviting Putin to Washington This Fall
Yet White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that that was "something that would go through the State Department". The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief.
Mr. Trump also said in his tweet Saturday that a lawyer recording a client is "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". NY state, for example, has a "one-party consent" law, which makes it a crime to record an in-person or telephone conversation unless one party participating in the conversation consents. The Enquirer, whose owner claims to be "personal friends" with the president, never published the story, a practice known as "catch and kill" in the tabloid industry. However, 11 states, including Florida, where Trump spends a lot of time, do require both people in a conversation are aware a recording is taking place.
His comments stoked speculation that Mr Cohen could co-operate with investigators against Mr Trump, but there has been no indication so far that he has done so.
When questioned about the allegations, President Trump has denied the affair and said he had no knowledge of any payment.
Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider that Cohen could have made the recording either "for his own protection" or to ensure he got repaid for an expenditure he thought could have been agreed to in the conversation.
"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", Giuliani said.
But Giuliani's claims that the tape does Trump no damage was disputed by a source close to Cohen who said that Giuliani is "trying to say what is bad is good".