Twelve audio tapes recorded by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former private lawyer, have been turned over to federal prosecutors.
The particular grasp overseeing the privilege evaluate of things seized in FBI raids of Cohen’s residence, workplace and lodge room in April mentioned in a courtroom submitting Monday that the tapes got to federal prosecutors in Manhattan after events withdrew their designations of privilege, report the New York Times, Politico, the Associated Press and Reuters.
Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, mentioned in a tweet that Trump and his authorized crew had waived the privilege to the tapes. One in every of Trump’s legal professionals, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the waiver in an interview with Reuters.
Particular grasp Barbara Jones didn’t reveal the contents of the tapes. However Giuliani informed Reuters that one of many tapes contains the president’s discussion of payments to former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal, who had alleged an affair with Trump. When the September 2016 tape was revealed final week, Giuliani mentioned the recording reveals Trump did nothing mistaken. Giuliani additionally denied that Trump had an affair with McDougal.
The opposite 11 tapes recorded conversations of Cohen mentioning Trump to another person, Giuliani mentioned.