Prosecutors have at least 12 recordings by Trump lawyer Cohen

Porn actress Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti says

Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.

The news that an audio tape was made by Michael Cohen of his conversation with his then-client Donald Trump in reference to, at least, hush money paid to a Playboy model the now-President was alleged to have had an affair with had heads spinning. That recording was among the more than 4 million documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in April when it raided Cohen's properties.

One of Trump's attorneys, Rudy Giuliani, said in a statement Friday that the September 2016 recording is "powerful exculpatory evidence".

McDougal said she had a 10-month "romantic relationship" with Trump.

The New York Times reported Friday that Cohen had recorded a conversation with then-presidential candidate Trump about a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen has not been charged with any crime.

"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. The disclosure spurred speculation that Cohen had made other recordings of Trump. 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.


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Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". The Trump-friendly supermarket tabloid never ran her story that claimed she had an affair with Trump, in a tactic known by staffers at that newspaper as "catch-and-kill".

Giuliani has said no campaign funding was involved in the discussion between Trump and Cohen.

The White House has denied Trump had an affair with either woman.

"Whatever spin Mr. Giuliani is trying to invent, it says "cash", and Michael Cohen says, no", Davis said. AMI purchased the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016.

"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".

In past comments Trump has also referred to the court-ordered seizure as a "break-in", though Cohen has been more sanguine, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were courteous and respectful. But he told ABC News in an interview broadcast this month that he now puts "family and country first" and won't let anyone paint him as "a villain of this story".




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