Cohen taped Trump discussing hush payment | Ap Wire

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Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, said the other 11 recordings are of Cohen discussing Trump with other, unnamed individuals.

A recording of then-candidate Donald Trump talking about a payment to a woman who claimed they'd had an affair is just one of a dozen audio files released to prosecutors last week, a court filing on Monday revealed.

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.

On Tuesday, Micael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis sat down with CNN's Chris Cuomo and hammered President Donald Trump after Cuomo played never before heard tapes of conversations between Cohen and the president.

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

McDougal claimed that she had an affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his son, Barron.

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. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.

Before the election, the Trump campaign denied any knowledge of payment to the former model, Karen McDougal, but the taped conversation could undermine those denials.

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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.

Though the content of the recordings is not known, the disclosure of their existence comes days after news that Cohen secretly recorded his conversations with Trump. AMI had spent US$150,000 for her story.

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. Both have alleged having affairs with Trump.

Cohen rejected repeated requests for comment.

Prosecutors are apparently interested in payments he made on Trump's behalf to porn actress Stormy Daniels, and other business dealings related to Trump.

Giuliani said there was no indication on the tape that Trump knew before the conversation about the payment from the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., to McDougal.

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. Dershowitz said that Cohen is "not allowed to cooperate with anybody if there's lawyer-client privileged material".

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