Federal prosecutors received a dozen audio recordings seized in April from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, according to a court filing made public Monday. One concern when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home, hotel room, and office back in April was that authorities might get their hands on tapes of Cohen and Trump - and apparently, they did.
On Tuesday, Micael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis sat down with CNN's Chris Cuomo and hammered President Donald Trump after Cuomo played never before heard tapes of conversations between Cohen and the president. He said it was less than two minutes long, said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong.
Daniels and McDougal allege they had affairs with Trump around the same time, in 2006.
The following day, Jones ordered that 12 of those files be released to prosecutors, including the recording of Trump and Cohen discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she began a almost yearlong affair with Trump in 2006.
Cohen is being investigated for potential bank and election-law crimes.
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New York, where the taping reportedly took place, legally requires only one person's consent for such a recording, suggesting it would not be illegal.
It was not immediately clear whether the recording between Trump and Cohen was one of the 12 turned over to federal prosecutors. This is further reinforced by the fact that the president refused to claim attorney-client privilege on this particular tape and that Giuliani said that conversation was never meant to be a secret.
The Enquirer's payment to McDougal gave the tabloid the exclusive rights to any story she might ever wish to tell about having an affair with a married man. If Trump indeed told Cohen to write a check so that it could be properly documented, then he clearly had no intention of hiding the payment.
Trump has denied the affairs.
"Whatever spin Mr. Giuliani is trying to invent, it says "cash", and Michael Cohen says, no", Davis said.
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A source with knowledge of the Cohen investigation told Fox News that no payment was ever made to McDougal.
"We have zero interest in cooperating with Michael Cohen until and unless he comes to the conclusion that it is time for him to come 100% clean and do the right thing, disclose what he knows about the president, and let the chips fall where they may".
A self-described fixer for Trump for more than a decade, Cohen said past year he would "take a bullet" for Trump.
If it's perfectly legal and even considered ethical by those in the industry for lawyers to secretly record their clients, and especially if Cohen has a reputation for doing exactly that, then the fact that he did so is not, in itself, newsworthy. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
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