Lawyer says there are more tapes of Trump

Marsha Scott
July 26, 2018

The danger for both Trump and Cohen isn't in this tape regarding an alleged affair, Williams opines, but in how many other tapes might exist that could be damaging.

US prosecutors probing Michael Cohen are reviewing 12 audio recordings seized in an April raid of the home, office and hotel room of US President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer. 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.

The White House has consistently said Trump denied the affair.

The recordings were given to the government at the weekend, Barbara Jones, the retired judge and so-called special master overseeing the review, said in her one-page order.

Daniels said she had sex with Trump once, in 2006, the same year that McDougal has said she began a almost yearlong affair with the future president, and the same year in which Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron.

Cohen recorded a conversation he had with President Donald Trump in 2016 about possible payments to a media company for a story about Karen McDougal, the Playboy playmate who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006, The New York Times reported Friday.

Cohen has not yet been arrested or charged with any crime.

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. He said the tape would show that Trump made clear that if there were going to be a payment, it should be done by check, which would be easily traced.

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"I know for a fact that this is not the only tape".

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.

But Davis tweeted on Saturday that Trump and Giuliani's strategy in the matter was "flawed; just as is #Trump's false #Twitter statement made against" Cohen. Avenatti has been a nuisance for Cohen throughout his legal representation for Stormy Daniels, but he recently encountered Cohen and held an "extremely productive" chat with him a NY restaurant.

That payment was never ade, Giuliani said.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by federal authorities from the former Trump fixer earlier this year.

"If he was prepared to do the right thing, come clean, and basically turn state's evidence, I would absolutely consider it", he said.

In past comments Trump has also referred to the court-ordered seizure as a "break-in", though Cohen has been more sanguine, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were courteous and respectful. The concern seems to be that Trump or Cohen used campaign finances to pay for this story but then didn't report it as such.

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