Feds Have 12 Michael Cohen Audio Tapes, AKA the #DirtyDozen

Feds Have 12 Michael Cohen Audio Tapes, AKA the #DirtyDozen

Feds Have 12 Michael Cohen Audio Tapes, AKA the #DirtyDozen

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, and Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, happened to bump into each other at a swanky Upper East Side restaurant in Manhattan last week.

In a one-page document filed Monday, Special Master Barbara Jones said that prosecutors had received the "audio items" on Friday after prosecutors and Cohen's attorneys withdrew the recordings' "privileged" designation.

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.

Avenatti also said he knows the "substance of some of the tapes". It was not immediately clear where Trump and Cohen were located at the time of the call.

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The investigation into Cohen by federal prosecutors in NY is separate from an ongoing inquiry by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "Mr. Cohen's legal matters", Blakely, who represents Cohen in the Daniels" suit, added, "will not be tried in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law". Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to ex-centerfold Karen McDougal. At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this".

American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, purchased the rights to McDougal's story for $US150,000 in August 2016.

She later publicly alleged that The Enquirer had tricked her into accepting the deal and had threatened to ruin her if she broke it. Even so, Trump lashed out at Cohen in a tweet on Saturday, claiming that it was "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal" that his attorney would tape him, despite the fact that New York's wiretapping law permits the recording of conversations so long as at least one party agrees.

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York City, U.S., May 9, 2018.

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The erstwhile Trump loyalist has hired a new attorney, Clinton White House veteran Lanny Davis, and disassociated himself from the president as both remain under investigation. The recording was among the records seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his office and residences in April, multiple people familiar with the probe said.

"I think he is ready to tell the truth", Michael Avenatti said of Michael Cohen (pictured).

But a source with knowledge of the conversation noted that NY, where Cohen's talk with Trump about McDougal was made face-to-face, is a "one-party consent" state, which means that only one person in a discussion needs to know about a recording device for the taping to be legal.

Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani confirmed to Reuters that the recording about McDougal was among the dozen audios, but said that none of the other 11 recordings include conversations Trump.

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