Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

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

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

The White House has consistently said Trump denied the affair. "I can tell you that for a fact". A court-appointed lawyer helping to decide which of the seized files are protected by attorney-client privilege, said in a court filing Monday, July 23, 2018, that prosecutors got the recordings Friday after attorneys for Trump and Cohen dropped their argument that the files should remain confidential.The recordings were among many data files taken from Cohen last spring as part of a probe of his business practices.

Cohen is being investigated for potential bank and election-law crimes.

"The good news", he added, "is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!"

But Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair reported Monday evening that, at least according to one of his friends, Cohen believes his own testimony is much more valuable than the recordings themselves.

When Blitzer asked him if Cohen's secret Trump tapes are a sign that he's about to flip on the president, Avenatti stood by his recent tweet where he disputed the idea that Cohen or his counsel were unhappy with their communications.

"The transaction that Michael is talking about on the tape never took place, but what's important is: If it did take place, the president said it has to be done correctly and it has to be done by check" to keep a proper record of it, Giuliani said. It remains unclear who was recorded on the Cohen audio tapes, and when.

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Trump's early-morning tweet was his first direct reaction to a New York Times report Friday that the FBI had seized the recording during an April raid on Cohen's office amid an investigation of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

The Enquirer's payment to McDougal gave the tabloid the exclusive rights to any story she might ever wish to tell about having an affair with a married man. Since then, however, he has sought distance from his former attorney, who said in an interview earlier this month that his "first loyalty" belongs to his family and his country, not the president. That recording was among the more than 4 million documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in April when it raided Cohen's properties.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC Saturday the Cohen recording put Trump in an uncomfortable legal position because it was evidence he may have broken campaign finance law.

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.

"Mr. Cohen's legal matters will not be tried in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law", Blakely said.

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