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Prosecutors now have 12 recordings seized from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

Prosecutors now have 12 recordings seized from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

The vast majority of files were deemed not protected by attorney-client privilege, and as a result were turned over to prosecutors who are conducting a criminal investigation of Cohen.

Porn actress Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti says "there's multiple tapes" of Donald Trump talking to his lawyer Michael Cohen.

Current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the payment was never made and the brief recording shows Trump did nothing wrong.

This despite a tweet by a New York Times reporter that there was just one tape.

The FBI seized the recording as part of an investigation which stemmed in part from a referral by the U.S. special counsel's office, which is looking into possible coordination during the election campaign between Trump's aides and Russian officials.

"This is not the only tape", Avenatti said.

Giuliani has said no payment was made by Trump to McDougal or for her story. Though they ultimately didn't go through with it, Giuliani claims Trump told Cohen that, should he make such a payment, he should write a check rather than sending cash so that it could be properly documented.

Avenatti did not go into detail as for what these "tapes" include, but apparently it doesn't appear to be good news for Donald Trump. AMI purchased the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016.

The source said the clear suggestion by Avenatti to Cohen was to work together against Trump.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized documents, cellular telephones and other devices in a raid of Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in April.

Cohen's recording adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories before the election.

Referring to that raid, Trump called it "inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of".

"Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of perhaps illegal".

Regarding Trump's claim of illegality, New York state law permits the recording of a phone call or an in-person conversation as long as one party consents, according to attorney John B. Harris, who authored an article on the subject for the New York Legal Ethics Reporter.

Cohen rejected repeated requests for comment.

Pecker is also being looked at by federal investigators for possibly violating federal election laws for purchasing the story on Trump's behalf acting as supporter instead of news media organization when it kept the story from public view in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

A self-described fixer for Trump for more than a decade, Cohen said previous year he would "take a bullet" for Trump.

But Cohen stated that his wife, daughter, and son come first in an interview with ABC this month, which was seen as a message to Trump to stop seeing him as some sort of a loyal servant who'd never turn against him.


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