Cohen’s lawyer confirms existence of Trump tape

Cohen secretly recorded a conversation he had with Mr. Trump shortly before the 2016 presidential election in which they discussed a possible payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. Most states, including NY, allow for recordings of conversations with only the consent of one party; other states require all parties to agree to a recording or have mixed laws on the matter.

Federal prosecutors in NY have been investigating whether Cohen's actions, including a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, violated campaign-finance laws as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe into the longtime Trump fixer.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that any attorney-client privilege claim over a recording of a phone call between Trump and Cohen has been waived.

Trump's current legal representative, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the tapes on Friday.

The tabloid ultimately did not publish the story, preventing it from becoming public.

Embattled lawyer Michael Cohen on Saturday would not deny a report saying he has privately questioned President Donald Trump's fitness to be president, telling Axios he "cannot comment about someone's innuendo".

The President's lawyer also sought to position the President as wronged by the recording.

In recent weeks, Cohen has cut his legal cooperation with the President, making it clear in statements and interviews that his loyalty was to his family, and not Mr. Trump.

After The New York Times first revealed the existence of the tape - and Giuliani claimed the tape was exculpatory evidence that did no harm to Trump -- his legal team made a decision to remove any protection relating to the attorney-client relationship on this specific matter.


That means the FBI and federal prosecutors in Manhattan will be able to hear the tape between Cohen and Trump.

"Nothing in that conversation suggests that [Trump] had any knowledge of it in advance", Giuliani said.

Trump's lawyers asking on behalf of the President to remove the privilege designation from the recording means that the government now has access to it as part of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York's probe into Cohen.

Trump has denied the allegations from McDougal and Daniels.

Mr Trump was said to have only found out earlier this week that Mr Cohen had recorded him. "And any attempt to spin can not change what is on the tape". Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to McDougal, the former Playboy centerfold.

The FBI raided Cohen's home and office on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence", he said.

She told CNN previously that he tried to pay her for sex. However, 11 states, including Florida, where Trump spends a lot of time, do require both people in a conversation are aware a recording is taking place. It could also further entangle the president in a criminal investigation that for months has targeted Mr Cohen.


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