Lawyer Rudy Giuliani said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen, who has distanced himself from Trump in recent months as the FBI investigates Cohen's business dealings.
President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly made a recording of his conversation between himself and the future President discussing payments to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who has alleged an affair with Trump, The New York Times reported Friday.
Giuliani told the cable network that telephone conversation was recorded in September 2016 at Trump Tower, where Trump's campaign offices were located.
Current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the payment was never made and the brief recording shows Trump did nothing wrong.More news: Remains of suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur's 8th victim identified
In May, President Trump admitted that he had reimbursed Mr Cohen for a payment to another woman to hush up her claims of an affair.
Giuliani said the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the recording this year during a raid on Cohen's office.
Trump reportedly did not know about the recordings, which are now in the FBI's possession, and was hurt when he heard of their existence.
The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in April, searching in part for information about payments to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment from Cohen before the election to keep quiet about a sexual relationship she says she had with Trump.More news: Faith Evans and Stevie J's Wedding Blindsides and Hurts Friends and Family
The FBI investigation stemmed in part from a referral by the US special counsel's office, which is looking into possible coordination during the election campaign between Trump's aides and Russian officials. David Pecker, the chairman of parent company American Media Inc (AMI), is Trump's friend.
A self-described fixer for Trump for more than a decade, Cohen said a year ago he would "take a bullet" for Trump.
The White House has consistently said that Trump denied the affair.
CNN reported Friday that Giuliani, now a member of Trump's personal legal team, said Trump learned earlier this week of the tape, which was first disclosed by The New York Times. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.More news: Mark Wahlberg launching Chevy dealership in Ohio