Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

12 audio files sent to prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe

12 audio files sent to prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe

Federal prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case have received 12 audio recordings from the independent "special master" appointed to review materials seized from Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room by federal investigators earlier this year, Fox News has learned.

Less than an hour ago, news broke that the Special Master reviewing evidence obtained from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, has released "12 audio items" recovered from the raid of Cohen's office on April 9, 2018, to prosecutors. 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.

Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Trump and Cohen, said in an email that the filing "confirmed" what he said in May: that "there were multiple recordings".

Current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the payment was never made and the brief recording shows Trump did nothing wrong.

Cohen has yet to be charged with any crimes.

Giuliani initially indicated the men discussed a payment from Trump to McDougal - separate from the Enquirer's payment - to buy her story. Citing a person familiar with the recording, The Washington Post reported Friday that in it Cohen and Trump discussed a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from Pecker's company for about $150,000. But his cooperation with the government could prove vital to prosecutors - a scenario that could be made more likely by an open split with Trump. This is further reinforced by the fact that the president refused to claim attorney-client privilege on this particular tape and that Giuliani said that conversation was never meant to be a secret. At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this". The tape was recorded when he was candidate Trump.

It's rather telling, actually, that neither Daniels nor McDougal felt the need to go public about their alleged affairs until Donald Trump ran for president.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. But the recording is legal, according to NY law.

"We have zero interest in cooperating with Michael Cohen until and unless he comes to the conclusion that it is time for him to come 100% clean and do the right thing, disclose what he knows about the president, and let the chips fall where they may". If Trump indeed told Cohen to write a check so that it could be properly documented, then he clearly had no intention of hiding the payment.

Cohen, who became Trump's personal lawyer in 2007, paid 130,000 to Daniels - real name, Stephanie Clifford - shortly before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. 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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