Prosecutors in Michael Cohen case get 12 audio recordings from 'special master'

Leroy Wright
July 26, 2018

Manhattan federal prosecutors now have 12 audio files seized in a raid on President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, it emerged on Monday.

The content of that tape was first reported by the Washington Post.

Ultimately, if President Trump violated the law, then that needs to be addressed. AMI purchased the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016. Cohen has not been charged with a crime. New developments in court in NY have revealed that apart from recording this conversation with Trump, Cohen made 12 more recordings which were seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation officers during a raid on his home and office premises earlier this year.

Giuliani confirmed on Monday that Trump's lawyers were not asserting attorney-client privilege over the tapes.

"It is not illegal if you are in a one-party consent state and what that means is if there are two parties to a conversation, only one needs to know about recording the conversation so it's not illegal, however there may be a question of ethics here", said CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman.

Avenatti is representing Daniels, who was paid $130,000 by Cohen in exchange for her silence about an alleged decade-old affair with Trump. In March, he tweeted an image of what appeared to be a DVD and said he was sending a "warning shot" to the president regarding his denials of an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

‘Inconceivable:’ President Trump Responds To Reports Of Cohen Recording
But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence". Mr Cohen had made a practice of recording telephone conversations, without the knowledge of those he was speaking to.

He called it "exculpatory" because it showed Trump had no advance knowledge of a possible payment.

"You're not in a position where you have been given that information properly", Dershowitz said during one heated exchange.

The tape details payments made to porn stars that President Tump had affairs with months before the 2016 presidential election. "All of the information that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized, that's not under lock and key", said Avenatti, defending the credibility of his assertions. "Michael Cohen and I actually had the chance to converse". "I could have received it from others".

At least according to Michael Avenatti, that is.

Stephen Gillers, an authority of legal ethics and professor at New York University School of Law, told The American Lawyer in April that such recordings are "an issue on which the national profession has not come to common agreement", but he argued that law firms should forbid the practice except in very narrow circumstances. But he added, "I think we need to chill a little bit", as this might be all for naught, that it might well be a nothingburger. Davis said a few hours after the broadcast that Cohen has not shared information with Avenatti. "He remains loyal only to Mr. Trump and the cover-up".

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