12 audio files sent to prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 26, 2018,
Jul 26, 2018, 3:30
It is unclear who appears on the tapes.
On Friday, three people with knowledge of the conversation told The Washington Post that Cohen had secretly taped a conversation with Trump in September 2016 about whether to purchase the rights to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal's account of her alleged affair with Trump.
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.
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.
And now Avenatti, buoyed by the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in possession of at least one such tape which was secretly recorded by Cohen, told MSNBC's Ari Melber that he is absolutely certain that Trump's former ally has more damaging tapes in his possession - possibly even one where the two discussed the $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels for keeping her mouth shut about her affair with Donald Trump. 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.
Giuliani said that Trump told Cohen that if he did pay McDougal, it should be in the form of a check instead of cash so that it could be properly recorded, The Times reported. It seems unlikely. There is allegedly no talk of using campaign money to make the payments on the recording.
SETH WENIG AP "I think he is ready to tell the truth" Michael Avenatti said of Michael Cohen
Other reports have differed from Giuliani's description.
"I know for a fact that this is not the only tape".
The tape details payments made to porn stars that President Tump had affairs with months before the 2016 presidential election.
A representative for McDougal has not responded to requests for comment.
The government - acting on a search warrant - did not break into Cohen's office.
Trump said Saturday it was "inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". Was it? And more importantly for the president, is this the discovery that might finally close what LN's Mark Angelides called the Clinton trap, or is it, as Ted Williams suggests, just another nothingburger?
Yet "it remains murky whether and when a NY lawyer can ethically tape without advance disclosure", Harris said.